Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Special Session, October 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Special Session, October 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida

Call to Order

Commissioners:
Present: Chairman Walter J. Boatright, Commissioners Daniel B. Leeper, and Pat Edwards.

Absent: Commissioners Kelley and Spicer.

Other Officials Present: Michael S. Mullin, County Attorney; Ted Selby, County Manager; John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk; and Michael Hickox, Property Appraiser.

Staff Present: Shanea Jones, Office of Management and Budget Director; Scott Herring, Public Works Director; and representing the Clerk’s office Brenda Linville, Deputy Clerk.

Official Agenda Summary:

ADDITIONAL MEETING:
SS161005 – 1:08:46 (Tab A) Briefing on Hurricane Matthew.

Discussion: Mr. Selby requested that Billy Estep, Emergency Management Director, come forward to provide an update on Hurricane Matthew. Mr. Estep expressed concern about storm inundation and the expected impact to the County as well as storm surge. He specifically addressed the potential impact to Amelia Island, the St. Mary’s River and the Nassau Sound. It is the National Hurricane Center’s recommendation that there be mandatory evacuations of all Zones A, C, and F effective at 6:00 a.m. on October 6, 2016, with a projected conclusion of the evacuation ending sometime between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on October 7, 2016.

Mr. Estep advised that the Nassau County Superintendent of Schools has elected to close schools both Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, 2016. The group discussed the timeframe for tropical force winds to begin, bridge closings, and the number of residents affected.

Mr. Selby responded to an inquiry regarding the arrangements for sandbags.

Commissioner Leeper commented on press releases and noted that residents looking for lodging can search the web at ameliaisland.com for accommodations. Mr. Estep addressed the opening of shelters and their locations and transportation for individuals with special needs.

Upon the request of the County Attorney Mr. Estep identified on the map Zones A, C, and F, as well as the procedure for evacuation as it relates to travel to and from the island during the evacuation. Mr. Estep shared that based upon the information they received, South Carolina is also under a mandatory evacuation and the South Carolina State Police have closed all exit ramps off of I-95 starting at the state line up to Interstate 20. He encouraged all citizens not to exit north bound.

The group briefly addressed storm cleanup and closing governmental offices.

Motion: Approve and authorize the Chairman to sign
Resolution 2016-139, pursuant to the previously
approved state of local emergency declaring a mandatory evacuation in certain areas; designating shelters that may be opened; declaring it unlawful to charge more than the normal average retail price for any merchandise, goods or services sold during the emergency and waiving certain procedures and formalities in accordance with Chapter 252.38(3)(A)(5), Florida Statutes, and also close all of the Board of County Commissioners governmental offices on Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, 2016 except for essential personnel.
Maker: Commissioner Edwards
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Board, County Manager, County Attorney

Discussion: Mr. Estep stated that depending upon the potential impact of the storm; he may have to come back to the Board for additional orders, depending on the damage.

Mr. Selby advised that staff has been working with the Clerk and has increased the credit limit on County credit cards if necessary during the emergency. They will also have petty cash on hand to help deal with emergencies should they lose power and cash is needed.

Upon a request from the Chairman, the Clerk came forward commenting that his offices will be closed on October 6, and October 7, 2016 with the exception of the activities of Judge Robert M. Foster. Judge Foster came forward stating that he intends to hold criminal court on the morning of Thursday, October 6, 2016 and should be finished between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; however, by his authority, he has indicated that the Robert M. Foster Justice Center will officially be closed at 12:00 p.m. on October 6, 2016 and the Historic Courthouse will be closed on October 6, and October 7, 2016. Mr. Hickox stated that his offices would be closed both days. The group briefly addressed the other Constitutional Officers closing offices.

There being no further business, the regular session of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 1:31 p.m.

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Walter J. Boatright, Chairman

Attest:

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John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk