Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Special Session, October 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Special Session, October 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
County Manager’s Conference Room, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida

Call to Order

Commissioners:
Present: Chairman Walter J. Boatright, Commissioners Daniel B. Leeper, Steve Kelley, Pat Edwards, and George Spicer.

Other Official Present: Michael S. Mullin, County Attorney; Ted Selby, County Manager; and Shanea Jones, Assistant County Manager.

Staff Present: Justin Stankiewicz, Office of Management and Budget Director; Scott Herring, Public Works Director; Billy Estep, Director of Emergency Management; and Peggy Snyder, Deputy Clerk.

Purpose: To discuss extending the local state of emergency related to Hurricane Matthew for the purpose of damage assessment and extend the ban on driving motor vehicles on the unincorporated beach areas from the City limits of Fernandina Beach to the southern end of Amelia Island commensurate with the State park and any other matters that may come before the board.

OFFICIAL AGENDA SUMMARY:

SS161025 – 05:02:44_ Approve a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners extending the Local State of Emergency in Nassau County, Florida, due to Hurricane Matthew.

Discussion: Mr. Mullin explained that the Board had continued the state of emergency related to Hurricane Matthew once before. Staff and the Emergency Management Director advise that the declaration of emergency should be continued through November 1, 2016 due to damage associated with Hurricane Matthew and the continuing assessment of damage and the necessary means to address the damage.

Motion: To extend the local state of emergency through
November 1, 2016 and authorize the Chairman to
sign Resolution 2016-152 regarding same.
Maker: Commissioner Edwards
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley Edwards, Spicer, and Boatright.
Follow Up: County Attorney, County Manager, Emergency
Management, Public Works, Finance, OMB

SS161025 -_5:03:19 Approve a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, extending the ban of motor vehicles on the unincorporated beach areas from the southern limits of the City of Fernandina Beach as delineated by signs on the beach south to the boundary of the State Park on the south end of Amelia Island, pursuant to the Declaration of Local State of Emergency regarding Hurricane Matthew.

Discussion: Mr. Estep recommended extending the beach driving ban, with certain exceptions, for another week in order to assist with the clean-up effort. Commissioner Leeper inquired whether they should exempt vehicles such as emergency management, law enforcement, turtle patrol and debris removal.

Motion: Approve to extend the beach driving ban to November 1, 2016 at midnight and authorize the Chairman to sign Resolution 2016-153 regarding same. The ban would not apply to emergency management vehicles; turtle patrol vehicles, any and all law enforcement vehicles or any necessary debris removal vehicles.
Maker: Commissioner Kelley
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley Edwards, Spicer, and Boatright.
Follow Up: Emergency Management, Public Works, County
Attorney, County Manager, Clerk Services, Finance

EXPANSION ITEM(s):
SS161025 – 05:00:04 Approve a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioner regarding debris removal, pursuant to the declaration of local state of emergency as a result of Hurricane Matthew, and authorize the Chair to sign.

Motion: Expand the meeting to consider a resolution of the Board of County Commissioners regarding debris removal, pursuant to the declaration of emergency as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Edwards
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley Edwards, Spicer, and Boatright.
Follow Up: County Attorney, County Manager, Emergency
Management, Public Works, Finance, OMB

SS161025 -__05:05:13 Expansion Item: Approve a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida Regarding Debris Removal, Pursuant to the Declaration of Emergency as a Result of Hurricane Matthew.

Discussion: Mr. Mullin discussed the beach debris as a safety hazard and the importance of its removal. Tourist Development Council (TDC) reserve funds will be utilized for these beach issues as FEMA and FDEP have not disclosed as yet if they will reimburse the costs without their assessment. Mr. Estep suggested utilizing the continuing contracts with O’Brien and AshBritt to ensure they are in a position to be reimbursed. O’Brien would make the assessment to the actual quantity of debris and AshBritt would be the hauler. The County Manager, County Attorney and Emergency Management Director would determine the areas that can be legally addressed and advise the City of Fernandina Beach and County Commissions accordingly. After determination of the areas, the County Manager will consult with the City Manager of Fernandina Beach to determine the immediate areas of the beach to be addressed. Reports will be made to the County and City of Fernandina Beach Commissions. Mr. Mullin mentioned that under the local state of emergency, the legislature provides the opportunity and ability to use whatever means to address the debris. Mr. Estep explained that as long as the County is clear in their intent to remove debris for public safety purposes, considering the amount of tourism, this could be an opportunity to seek reimbursement and limit the output until such time as FDEP and/or FEMA makes a determination regarding the remainder of the debris.

Motion: Approve Resolution 2016-154 regarding debris removal pursuant to the declaration of local state of emergency as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Any and all funds that are reimbursed to the City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County strictly for beach renourishment will be returned to the Tourist Development Council’s reserve account.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Ayes: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley Edwards, Spicer, and Boatright.
Follow Up: Public Works, Emergency Management, County
Manager, County Attorney, OMB, Finance

Audience Input:
SS161025 – 05:38:11 Ann Jennings, a resident of American Beach, came forward to request the Board to reconsider the suspension of beach driving until November 1, 2016 and extend it for six months or indefinitely until such time as a study can be conducted to determine the impact of driving on the beach since it was altered by Hurricane Matthew and the erosion. Mr. Mullin suggested that she send a letter to the County Manager and Commissioner Kelley in order for this issue to be addressed at a regular meeting.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:
SS161025 – 5:41:38 Commissioner Spicer’s Business:
None.

SS161025 – 5:41:39 Commissioner Leeper’s Business:
None

SS161025 – 5:41:39 Commissioner Kelley’s Business:
None

SS161025 – 5:41:40 Commissioner Edwards’s Business:
None.

SS161025 – 05:41:41 Chairman Boatright’s Business:
• Thanked everyone for their hard work during this trying time.

There being no further business, the special session of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 5:43 p.m.

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Walter J. Boatright, Chairman

Attest:

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John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk