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Commission approves up to $200K for Jail project plans

By John Ayers
The Gilchrist County Commission took action to approve up to $200K for schematic design and design development for the proposed new Gilchrist County Jail that is being designed by Clemons, Rutherford & Associates Inc. of Tallahassee. Commissioner Gray recently attended a meeting with County Administrator Bobby Crosby and the architect design group.
Mr. Crosby gave the Commission a fee schedule of the proposed new jail. The Conceptual Plan is $19,500, Schematic design 20% is $86,459.14, Design development 20% is $86,459.14, and Construction documents 40% is $172,918.28 for a sub total of $365,336.56. The fee schedule also included bidding and negotiations 5% $21,614.79 and Contract administration 15% is $64,844.36 for a total estimated fee of $451,795.70.
Commissioner Gray, due to his experience in the field of commercial construction explained that the schematic design and design development were the key plans at this point that Gilchrist County needs to see to identify the exact cost of this jail construction. Gray’s motion to approve up to $200,000 to have the schematic design and design development approved to provide the Commission with more specific costs on the construction of the jail facility. Commissioner Thomas gave a second to the motion before the five member board approved action taking them to the next step.
Gilchrist County Clerk of Court Todd Newton reported that the Commission had put $208,000 in the current budget for jail planning construction expenses. The Clerk also explained that Gilchrist County has $86,000 from impact fees revenues that have been budgeted for jail construction.
“This a lot of money to spend to find out the cost for jail construction,” explained Ray Raucher, a resident of Rock Bluff. Chairman Harrison reported that the architect is telling the county that in order for Gilchrist County to get exact costs of the construction project, the Commission must takes these steps to approve these design plans. Commissioner Gray pointed out that approving these design steps will give Gilchrist County detailed plans on the jail construction.
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The family of Henry Moore, former resident of Gilchrist County asked the Commission to name NW 72nd Place “Henry Moore Grade”. Mr. Crosby explained that
the request designation is from US 129 to NW 22nd Court. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve this request and have staff prepare signage for this road designation. Commissioner Poitevint gave a second in support of the motion before the board agreed to this road designation.
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The Commission learned that problems with people littering in the county and at the county dumpster site has continued to get worse. Commissioner Gray made a motion to approve fines for littering; first offense - $100, second offense - $250, and third offense is $500. Commissioner Thomas gave a second to the motion before the board approved of the dumping fines. These fines will go into place immediately. Mr. Crosby reported to the Commission that the dumping sites have cameras and this will assist the County in cleaning up these dumpster sites.
Ray Raucher told the Commission that most people don’t want to walk to the back of the dumpster containers to throw in their trash. He agreed that the Commission needs to get this done.
Rosemary McDaniel told the Commission that she lives in the Waccasassa area and many people still throw old tires and other trash on the roadsides and in places that are overgrown.
John Yencho told the Commission that he has seen construction crews pull up to the county dumping sites and throw construction debris onto the ground. Mr. Crosby explained that Gilchrist County has camera pictures of construction people dumping C & D debris on the County property.
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Attorney Lindsey Lander addressed the Commission to present a settlement for a client, Cameron Wayne Haynes, that had a Civil lien placed on him from a 2008 incident when he was in the Gilchrist County Jail. Attorney Lander explained that the Civil penalty was for $9,100 and his client has moved on and would now like to settle and can pay Gilchrist County $5,000 today if the Commission is willing to accept this proposal.
Clerk of Court Todd Newton told the Commission that the Civil lien was $9,100 back in 2008 but these fines carry a 11% interest rate since that time.
Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the $5,000 settlement and remove the civil lien from the individual’s history. Commission Gray gave a second to the motion before the board approved of the settlement by a unanimous vote.

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