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GOOD MORNING. IT'S 8:30. TODAY'S DATE IS APRIL 17th, 2014. FOR SOME REASON I LOST TRACK OF DAYS. GOOD MORNING. FOR THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION OF THE VOLUSIA COUNTY PUB CITY COUNCIL, WE HAVE OUR LITTLE SCHPEEL I READ. WHERE IS IT. THE VOLUSIA COUNTY COUNCIL WELCOMES YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND IS INTERESTED IN HEARING YOUR COMMENTS. PLEASE COMPLETE A PUBLIC SLIP AND INDICATE WHICH ISSUE YOU WISH TO ADDRESS. YOU MAY USE THE BACK IF NECESSARY. AFTER YOU OTHER RECOGNIZED. -- YOU'RE RECOGNIZED STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD. YOU MAY SPEAK UP TO 3 MINUTES. THE COUNTY COUNCIL WILL NOT ANSWER REQUESTS DURING THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION. PLEASE WILL RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS, PERSONAL ATTACKS ON COUNCIL MEMBERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. SO WITH THAT, WE BEGIN OUR MORNING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. WE HAVE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WHO WISH TO SPEAK AND SO FAR THAT'S ALL WE HAVE. WE'LL START OFF WITH MS. PHYLLIS BUTLIN. AND JIM BECKETT, YOU WILL BE RIGHT AFTER HER. PHYLLIS, WE NEED YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.
I'M HERE REPRESENTING THE RELAY FOR LIFE. WE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, THREE YEARS HAVE USED GEMENI SPINS. WE INVITE YOU AND YOUR COUNCIL AND CHAMBER TO COME AND WALK A LAP FOR US, JOIN A TEAM, MEET SURVIVORS. IT'S A FUN FILLED EVENT, AND WE DO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY IN OUR AREA. LAST YEAR WE DID OVER $60,000 FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. SO TO CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS, WE ASK THAT YOU JOIN US AND SUPPORT US AND ALLOW US TO HAVE THE PARK OPEN FOR THE OVERNIGHT BEYOND YOUR NORMAL PARK HOURS. THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, PHYLLIS. I KNOW YOU'VE TALKED WITH TIM BAILEY.
YES.
HE'S OUR PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR. MAKE SURE YOU GUYS GET ALL OF THAT WORKED OUT, AND I WILL SEE IF I CAN BRING THIS UP THIS AFTERNOON.
THANK YOU.
VERY WORTHY CAUSE. I SUPPORTED IT FOR SEVERAL YEARS MYSELF. MR. BECKETT. YOU'RE NEXT UP AND LISA HAMILTON, YOU WILL BE NEXT AFTER MR. BECK. MAY WE HAVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS PLEASE, SIR.
YES, SIR.
AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.
MY NAME IS JIM BECK. I'M HERE JUST TO CHAT A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BEARS. I KNOW THAT'S THE HOTTEST ITEM GOING. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH IT AT THE FWC FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW. EVERYBODY TELLS ME IT'S A STATE PROBLEM, WHICH IT IS, BUT IT'S BECOME LOCAL NOW. AS I TALK TO NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA, THEY DON'T WANT TO GO OUT AT NIGHT AND TAKE WALKS BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID OF GETTING ATTACKED BY THE BEARS. I'VE PERSONALLY SPOKEN WITH SEVERAL BEARS THAT HAVE SEEN THEM IN THEIR GARAGE IN THE DAYTIME. I USED TO THINK THEY WERE COMING OUT IN THE NIGHT AND MORNING WHEN THEY ATTACKED MY GARBAGE CANS. QUITE FRANKLY, I DON'T KNOW THE SOLUTION TO WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO. MY MISSION IS TO KEEP SOMEONE FROM GETTING KILLED, ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN. AND THE BEARS ROAM ALL OVER MY AREA. THEY'VE GOT PROBLEMS THERE. I THINK IT'S A WAY NOW THAT THEY SAY, WELL, BRING YOUR GARBAGE CAN INSIDE, WHICH I'M NOT GOING TO DO IN THE GARAGE BECAUSE THEY WILL BANG ON THAT. ONE GUY TOLD ME HE HAD A BEAR LOOKING AT HIM OUT OF HIS KITCHEN WINDOW. ONE LADY WENT AROUND THE CORNER OUT OF HER HOUSE IN THE GARAGE, AND THERE WAS A BEAR STANDING BACK THERE, AND SHE RAN BACK IN. THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE NOT GETTING OUT TO THE PUBLIC. I DON'T THINK THEY'RE GETTING OUT TO THE COUNCIL. AGAIN, I COULD GO ON AND ON. A FELLOW JUST FROM FORESTRY DIVISION MOVED INTO THE AREA. HE'S GOT PICTURES OF THE BEARS. HE HAD A BEAR ATTACK HIS DOG. HE'S A NICE LITTLE FAMILY, BROTHER AND A SISTER, AND HE SAYS, I CAN'T HAVE A BIRD FEEDER, NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ONE BECAUSE OF THE BEARS. I CAN'T HAVE ANY CHICKENS. ONE THING I WILL TELL YOU IS THAT CLOSE TO THE FIRE STATION ON GLENWOOD ROAD, I HAD A HOUSE THAT WAS THERE THAT I HAD SOLD, AND ONE DAY SOMEBODY CALLED AND SAID YOUR FENCE IS TORN DOWN. I WENT DOWN AND LOOKED FOR PAINT SCRAPINGS FROM A TRUCK OR MAYBE SOMETHING. IT WAS THE BEARS. AS I TALKED TO EVERYBODY, I DON'T HAVE THE ANSWERS. I WOULD REALLY HOPE THAT Y'ALL WOULD GET TOGETHER AND EITHER GET A COMMITTEE OR GET SOMEBODY AND FIGURE OUT A SOLUTION. LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE? GET RID OF THEM. I TELL YA, THEY TALK ABOUT AMMONIA, THAT DOESN'T WORK. THE INTERESTING PART ABOUT IT IS THOSE CANS THEY'VE GOT AND DRAG THEM RADIO INTO THE WOODS. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND COURTESY.
LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE, THANK YOU, MR. BECK. YOU KNOW THIS,'S A NEW ONE. I'VE HEARD ALL KINDS OF IDEAS. WOW.
MS. HAMILTON, YOU'RE NEXT. AND AFTER THAT WILL BE MR. JOE SULLIVAN.
YES.
OKAY.
LISA HAMILTON, MAY WE HAVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.
I'M LISA HAMILTON. I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VOLUSIA COUNTY FLAGLER COUNTY FOR THE HOMELESS. I'VE COME HERE TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO ALL OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED AND PUBLISHED ABOUT THE OPERATION WITH THE COALITION RECENTLY. I'M HERE IN PERSON TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE OPERATIONS OPERATIONS OF THE COALITION ARE TRANSPARENT AND WITH OUR STATE AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS. LAST WEEK WE DELIVERED TO THE COUNCIL MEMBERS THE LAST THREE YEARS OF OUR ALLOCATION RECORDS AND FINANCIAL RECORDS. WE'RE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT ANY OF YOU MAY HAVE AND ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO GET ON THE RECORD THAT IN THE LAST YEAR, THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS HAS HELD MORE THAN 20 MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. WE'VE ORGANIZED A PUBLIC STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS TO EDUCATE THE PROVIDERS AND COMMUNITY ABOUT THE NEW REQUIREMENTS WE'RE WORKING UNDER AND TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF OUR PROVIDERS TOWARD THE GOALS OF PREVENTING AND ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN VOLUSIA COUNTY AND FLAGLER COUNTIES. THAT'S OUR MISSION, AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. IN THE LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 130 PEOPLE HAVE ATTENDED OUR MEETINGS, AND MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE HAVE BECOME VOTING MEMBERS OF THE CONTINUUM OF CARE AND COALITION, OUR NEXT PLANNING MEETING IS APRIL 25th AT 1:00 AT THE VOLUSIA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT. WE INVITE YOU ALL TO ATTEND. WE WILL BE HOLDING A SPECIAL WORKSHOP. I'VE INVITED SPEAKERS, EXPERTS ON THE OPERATION OF CARE TO COME DO A WORKSHOP FOR OUR COMMUNITY AT THAT TIME. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP AND SUPPORT BETWEEN THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS AND THE VOLUSIA COUNTY -- VOLUSIA AND FLAGLER -- BUT MOST PARTICULARLY VOLUSIA COUNTY. THEY SET THE GOLD STANDARD FOR GRANTS ADMINISTRATION, SERVICES TO OUR LESS FORTUNATE RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTY. THE COALITION BOARD AND I WORK VERY HARD TO MAINTAIN THAT STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE. WE WORK VERY HARD TO PROVIDE THE RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTY WITH PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS AS YOUR PARTNER. WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT SINCE 2000. WE HOPE TO CONTINUE AND PERFORM OUR ROLE IN THAT WAY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO ADDRESS IT IN THE WORKSHOP OR IN INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS.
MR. WAGNER HAS A QUESTION.
YOU MENTIONED YOU'RE OPEN TO AN OUTSIDE AUDIT AT ONE POINT. IS THAT STILL TRUE?
I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THAT STATEMENT.
WOULD YOU BE OPEN IF YOU'RE SO CONFIDENT IN HOW YOU'RE RUNNING YOUR OPERATION, ARE YOU OPEN FOR AN OUTSIDE AUDIT SINCE WE GIVE YOU SO MUCH MONEY? IT'S A SIMPLE YES OR NO.
I DON'T THINK IT IS A SIMPLE YES OR NO.
MR. WAGNER, WE ARE AUDITED APPROPRIATELY --
YOU'RE NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION. WOULD YOU AGREE -- IF YOU'RE SO CONFIDENT IN HOW YOU'RE RUNNING YOUR ORGANIZATION, YES OR NO?
WE WILL UNDERGO AUDIT AS APPROPRIATE.
SINCE WE GIVE YOU $350,000 A YEAR AND IT FLOWS THROUGH US AND WE SAY WE HAVE QUESTIONS BUT YOU THINK EVERYTHING IS FINE, WHY WOULD YOU NOT AGREE TO AN AUDIT?
BECAUSE WE DO HAVE AN AID.
I IF YOU'RE CONFIDENT IN IT AND I'M NOT, WHY WOULD YOU NOT PROVE ME WRONG AND AGREE TO IT IS THIS.
I THINK YOU SHOULD ADDRESS A SPECIFIC BOARD OF CONCERNS TO OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
LET'S DO THIS. WHO'S ON YOUR BOARD FOR THE COC, YOUR CONTINUUM OF CARE?
THE CONTINUUM OF CARE IS IN THE PROCESS OF ELECTING ITS OWN BOARD AT THIS TIME.
I'M ALLOWED TO ASK QUESTIONS. EVERYONE HAS DONE IT -- I THINK BOTH OF YOU IN THE LAST YEAR HAVE ASKED QUESTIONS, SO I'M TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS.
PART OF THE ACT THAT WAS PASSED IN 2009, THE COALITION HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS YOUR LEAD AGENCY TO OPERATE THE CONTINUUM OF CARE FUNCTIONS. WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT SINCE 2000.
SO YOU DON'T HAVE A BOARD FOR THE CONTINUUM OF CARE? YOU HAVE AN ASSUMED ROLE BY THE COALITION.
IT IS NOT ASSUMED. S THE PROPERLY APPOINTED AND AT THE CURRENT TIME UNDER THE CURRENT LAW, THE COALITION BOARD OVERSEES THE ALLOCATIONS COMMITTEE. THERE'S AN ALLOCATIONS COMMITTEE SET FORTH IN THE LAW THAT WE'RE OPERATING UNDER AND IN THE INTERIM RULE WE'RE TRANSITIONING TO. THE DESCRIPTION IS EXACTLY THE SAME FOR HOW ALLOCATIONS MUST BE DONE. WE HAVE A RANKING AND REVIEW COMMITTEE THAT'S BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 2000 THAT HAS POPULATED BY INDIVIDUALS FROM THE COMMUNITY WHO DO NOT APPLY FOR OR RECEIVE ANY OF THE FEDERAL HOUSING FUNDING.
OKAY.
THERE ARE CURRENTLY ABOUT 15 PEOPLE ON THE BOARD. ON THAT ALLOCATIONS COMMITTEE.
FOR THE COALITION, NOT THE COC?
WELL, MR. WAGNER, I THINK THAT IF YOU WOULD PLEASE COME -- IF ANY OF YOU WOULD SEND REPRESENTATIVES OR PLEASE COME TO THE WORKSHOP NEXT FRIDAY, YOU WILL HEAR FROM OTHER CONTINUUMS AND THE FLORIDA COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS. THERE'S A STATE BODY THAT IS THE FLORIDA COUNCIL OF HOMELESSNESS, THEY'RE SENDING THEIR ATTORNEY SO THEY CAN TALK ABOUT -- IT'S CONFUSING. WE KNOW ANY CONFUSION IS UNDERSTANDABLE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE INTERIM RULE HAS OVERLAID A STRUCTURE ON WHAT WAS EXISTING. MANY COMMUNITIES AROUND THE STATE ARE EXPERIENCING THE SAME CONFUSION, BUT WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING IMPROPER, AND WE'RE WORKING VERY HARD TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THE REGULATIONS ARE MET ON TIME.
I DISAGREE. YOU KNOW, ONE EXAMPLE IS YOU DO AN AUDIT EVERY TWO YEARS, IS MY UNDERSTANDING. ARE YOU FAMILIAR THAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE EVERY YEAR.
WE MOVED TO A TWO-YEAR AUDIT. WE HAVE A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
FOR THE COC OR FOR THE HOMELESS CAN --
CONTINUUM CARE DOES NOT REQUIRE IT.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE AGENCY ITSELF CAN OPERATE THE COC RATHER THAN THE COC BEING THE LEAD AGENCY?
WELL, THAT WAS THE CASE UNTIL THE CHANGE IN THE INTERIM RULE REGULATIONS.
THEN WHY WOULDN'T YOU AGREE TO AN AUDIT AND PROVE ME WRONG?
BECAUSE I DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE ASKING ME FOR THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN WE ALREADY DO.
YOU'RE DOING AN INTERNAL FLOW IN AND OUT. I WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING AND WHAT AGENCY SHOULD BE IN PRIORITY AND WHAT AGENCY SHOULD BE THE LEAD AGENCY. YOU HAVE IT BACKWARDS. IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THE HOMELESS COALITION LEADING THE COC. THE COC SHOULD BE AN INDEPENDENT BODY WITH OVERSITE INTO YOUR ORGANIZATION. YOU'RE THE SOLE EMPLOYEE?
NO, SIR.
WHO'S ON THE COC.
THE CONTINUUM OVERCARE HAS 50 MEMBERS. IT IS NOT AN ORGANIZED OR INCORPORATED BODY, NOR IS IT REQUIRED TO BE.
THEN JUST AGREE TO THE AUDIT.
I'M NOT -- I WILL HAPPILY AGREE TO PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION WITH SPECIFIC CREST. I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOUR DEFINITION OF AUDIT. I DON'T.
OKAY. I MEAN THAT RESPECTFULLY.
I DON'T THINK YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RUNNING PROPERLY IN THE SENSE IT SHOULD HAVE OVERSIGHT AND RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T. THAT'S HOW I FEEL, AS FAR AS THE COC.
THE TAIL SHOULD NOT BE WAGGING THE DOG.
IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS SINCE THESE CONCERNS WERE BROUGHT FORWARD, I HAVE CONTACTED THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF HUD IN JACKSONVILLE. HE ASSIGNED ANOTHER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, A VERY EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE TO REVIEW ALL OF OUR SUBMISSIONS AND MATERIALS. WE HAVE BEEN PEER REVIEWED. SHE SAID WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN. WE'RE OPEN. IF YOU TELL US EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW.
I READ YOUR RESPONSE AND ONE OF THE E-MAILS AND FROM A DIRECTOR IN JACKSONVILLE. WHEN YOU'RE PROVIDING THAT INFORMATION TO SOMEONE --
NO, SIR. HUBBARD READ ALL OF OUR GOVERNANCE.
THAT'S NOT WHAT HE ANSWERED.
IF I MAY. I WAS JUST GOING TO SUGGEST WOULD IT BE ALREADY IF WE BROUGHT THIS ONTO AN AGENDA ITEM AND BROUGHT IT TO THE COUNCIL? WE COULD HAVE A LENGTHY DISCUSSION.
ABSOLUTELY. IF SHE AGREES TO, I WOULD PREFER IT.
IF YOU COULD PLEASE GO AHEAD AND CONTACT THEM AND SET UP AN AGENDA ITEM AND WE'LL DISCUSS THIS MATTER IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL.
THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.
THANK YOU.
ALL RIGHT. JOE SULLIVAN -- IS THAT JOEY OR JOE? WE NEED TO GET BETTER INK PENS.
JOE SULLIVAN, HERE TODAY TO THANK THE COUNTY, COUNCIL AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, STAFF, AND VOLUNTEERS, WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL REPORT THAT WE'RE HANDING OUT RIGHT NOW AND REALLY HERE TO TELL YOU IF IT WASN'T FOR THE COUNTY COUNCIL FUNDING, WE WOULDN'T HAVE A BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN OUR AREA. IN 2013 WE HAD EIGHT CLUBS. WE SERVED 1542 KIDS. 88% OF THESE KIDS ARE FREE LUNCH. MORE THAN 70% OF THEM EITHER COME FROM SINGLE PARENTS HOMES OR NONTRADITIONAL FAMILIES, SO OUR CLUB OPERATED 576 HOUR LAST YEAR AND KIDS SPENT -- AS AN ORGANIZATION, WE SPENT $2,231,306 TO OPERATE THOSE EIGHT CLUBS AND A LITTLE MORE THAN 17% CAME FROM YOU GUYS. I'M HERE TO THANK YOU TODAY FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT. WE HAVE 250 PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS AND MORE THAN 50 BOARD MEMBERS THAT HELP OUR ORGANIZATION. ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THIS TOO, WE RAISED A LOT OF MONEY OURSELVES LAST YEAR, NEARLY $600,000 TO OPERATE OUR CLUBS. SO I'M AN OLD BOYS CLUB KID. I GREW UP IN THE CLUB AND OUR NEW MISSION NOW -- WHEN I WAS A KID IN THE CLUB, IT WAS GYM AND SWIM TYPE THINGS. OUR NEW MISSION IS WE NEED TO HELP KIDS WITH THEIR ACADEMICS, CHARACTER, AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. WE'RE NOT AS FUN AS WE USED TO BE, I GUESS IS WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY, BUT THIRD GRADE READING SCORES IS A LITMUS TEST ON IF KIDS ARE GOING TO MAKE IT. ARE THEY GOING TO BECOME A TAXPAYER OR A TAX LIABILITY. SO I'VE ALSO HANDED OUT WITH THAT LITTLE REPORT A TAX WATCH STUDY. THE 41 BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, WE PAID THEM A LOT OF MONEY. YOU ALL KNOW WHO TAX WATCH IS, CORRECT?
YEAH, WELL, THEY'RE A WATCHDOG GROUP. AND WE GAVE THEM A LOT OF MONEY NOT KNOWING WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO FIND OUT AND WE GAVE THEM OUR KIDS OVER THE LAST FIVE, SIX, SEVEN YEARS. WHAT THEY SAW IS KIDS GET PROMOTED TWICE AS MUCH THAT COME TO OUR CLUBS, STAY OUT OF JAIL A LOT MORE. WE MAKE KIDS TAXPAYER AND NOT TAX LIABILITIES. SO, AGAIN, IF IT WASN'T FOR THE VOLUSIA COUNTY COUNCIL, WE'VE BEEN GETTING THIS FUNDING FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW. WE WOULDN'T BE WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY. SO THANK YOU. I'VE GOT 30 SECONDS LEFT, IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS.
OKAY. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. GO AHEAD DENYS AND CUSACK.
SHOULD HAVE LEFT MORE TIME.
OKAY. LET'S DO IT IN ORDER. DEBORAH DENYS.
THANK YOU, YOU'RE UNDERSTATING YOUR MISSIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BECAUSE I KNOW FOR A FACT WORKING WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND AS A GUARDIANED A LITEM, OUR KIDS. , A LARGE AMOUNT OF THESE KIDS HAVE NO FAMILY LIFE. THEY'RE EITHER IN A FOSTER HOME OR SOMEWHERE IN OUR SOCIAL NETWORK. YOU'RE THE SAFETY NETWORK. I'VE TALKED WITH MANY. THE FARM SHARE PROGRAM, WE HAD FIVE OF YOUR CLUBS DOWN THERE THAT CAME IN BY BUS. THEY HELPED AND SERVED THE COMMUNITY. TALKING WITH SOME OF THESE KIDS, YOU KNOW, THEY SHARED WITH ME THEY'VE BEEN IN THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, IT'S THE ONLY CONSTANT IN THEIR LIFE, MORE THAN PARENTS, MORE THAN FOSTER HOMES, AND SOME OF THESE KIDS HAVE BEEN PLACED FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT HOMES WITH MULTIPLE CASEWORKERS, BUT THE ONE CONSTANT IN THEIR LIVES THAT I HEARD HAS BEEN THE FACT THAT THEY CAN COME TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, AND IT'S A SAFETY NET, A SAFETY BLANKET, IF YOU WILL, FOR THEM. I'M TALKING NOT JUST THE YOUNG ONES BUT THE JUNIORS AND SENIORS IN HIGH SCHOOL. THANK YOU FOR THAT IS ALL YOU DO. A LOT OF IT GOES UNSTATED WHERE PEOPLE DON'T SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE DAY-TO-DAY BUT I BELIEVE IN SOME OF THESE KIDS ARE GRADUATING, STAYING IN SCHOOL BECAUSE OF ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. SO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU AND YOUR STAFF DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
ALL RIGHT. MS. CUSACK, YOU HAVE A COMMENT.
YES. I WILL BE BRIEF, MR. CHAIR. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT TO JOE AND TO ALL OF THE STAFF OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB HOW MUCH I AS A FORMER BOARD MEMBER I KEEP MY FINGER ON THE PULSE OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND CONTINUE TO DO. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT EVERY OPPORTUNITY I HAVE, I TRY TO SEND FUNDS YOUR WAY BECAUSE YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COMMUNITY. I ALSO WANT TO TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT YOU SAID THE THIRD GRADE IS A TURNING POINT. YOU KNOW, WE CAN THINK THAT THAT IS A PART OF THE FCAT. THEY BUILD JAILS BASED ON THAT TEST RESULTS. SO IT'S FACT. IT'S FACT. THAT THEY USE THE STANDARDS OF THE THIRD GRADE FCAT TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF PRISON BEDS THEY NEED WHEN THESE KIDS GET 18. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING THAT NET FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. AND THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT YOU HAVE WITH THE SCHOOLS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO, AND MY THANKS TO THE STAFF. YOU HAVE WONDERFUL STAFF.
IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE. WE HAVE EIGHT PARTNERSHIPS AND WE PAY NO RENT. AND THE FUNDING THAT COMES FROM THE STATE AND VOLUSIA COUNTY COUNCIL, IT KEEPS US AFLOAT. WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
YES, WE ARE. YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
PATRICIA NORTHEY.
JOE KNOWS HOW I FEEL ABOUT HIM. HE'S MY NEIGHBOR.
I'M STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO CLEAN OUT MY YARD.
THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, MR. SULLIVAN. I TELL THIS STORY EVERY YEAR WHEN JOE IS BEFORE US ABOUT HOW JOE'S ORGANIZATION GAME TO DELTONA WHEN NOBODY ELSE WOULD COME. WE'RE A COMMUNITY THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES IN PLACE LIKE PERHAPS DELAND AND NEW SMYRNA BEACH HAVE. WE HAVE NOBODY. OUR COMMUNITY IS NOT A RICH COMMUNITY. THERE'S NOT A LOT OF FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE ORGANIZATION, BUT HE CAME ANYWAY. THERE WAS A WHOLE BAND OF LOCALS WHO SUPPORTED THAT ORGANIZATION AND HELPED IT GET OFF ITS FEET, AND JOE HAS DONE GREAT THINGS WITH IT.
THANK YOU.
AND I WILL ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU PUBLICLY FOR BELIEVING IN THE COMMUNITY WHEN OTHERS DIDN'T CARE. YOU DID. YOU'RE NOW ACROSS THE COUNTY. I REMEMBER SERVING ON THE BOARD AS PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANIZATION, HELPING TO GROW THAT, HELPING TO REACH ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SET UP ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT VOLUSIA AND FLAGLER COUNTY. KUDOS TO YOU. IT'S MONEY THAT I BELIEVE THIS COUNCIL ALLOCATES WELL FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE MY SUPPORT.
AND MR. WAGNER.
IT WOULD BE FUN COMING UP HERE AFTER MY LAST COMMENTS ON THE LAST ONE. NONE OF THOSE ARE PERTINENT TO YOU. YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN EXCELLENT, TRANSPARENT, BOTH PROACTIVE AND REACTIVE. WHAT YOU DID WITH THE DICKERSON CENTER. YOU LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY. YOU MAKE CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY. YOU'RE NOT STUCK IN AN OLD PLAN THAT HAS NOT CHANGED, AND I BELIEVE YOU'RE DOING THINGS RIGHT. I LOVE THE PROACTIVITY. I THINK IT'S WELL WORTH THE INVESTMENT WE MAKE INTO OUR KIDS. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK.
THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, SIR.
THANK YOU.
ALL RIGHT. STEVE SMITH. NOW STEVE. WE'RE AT A CONUNDRUM HERE, SIR. I UNDERSTAND YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT ITEM NUMBER 25 WHICH WILL BE COMING UP LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO THE RULES OF THE COUNCIL THAT WE PUT UP, YOU CAN SPEAK 3 MINUTES NOW OR THEN IF YOU WOULD LIKE. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO? IT'S YOUR CALL.
I HAVE TO DO IT NOW. I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.
VERY WELL, I WOULD NEED YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND YOU WILL HAVE 3 MINUTES.
STEVE SMITH, 1410 -- DRIVE HOLLY HILL.
I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT YOU GAVE US IN NOVEMBER WITH THE 7-0 VOTE TO PROCEED TO CLEAN UP THAT DOG PARK. MYSELF AND A BUNCH OF US PASSIONATELY WORKED EVERY DAY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS TRYING TO MEET THE 90-DAY DEADLINE. AND WE DID. WE'RE PROUD OF OUR WORK. I SEE THIS ON THE AGENDA TO BRING BACK THE AGREEMENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THE AGREEMENT IN OCTOBER THAT THE CITY TURNED DOWN. PERSONALLY, SPEAKING FOR MYSELF, NOT A PART OF THE GROUP OR ANYTHING, I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT OF HOLLY HILL FOR 38 YEARS. BEEN PAST SCOUTMASTER, THE CITY SPONSORED TROUPE AND THE LEADER AND COACH FOR THE CHILDREN WHEN THE CHILDREN WERE LITTLE, BUT SINCE THEY HAVE DONE AWAY WITH THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT, THERE'S NO ONE AT THE TABLE ANYMORE WITH PARKS AND RECREATION IN HOLLY HILL AND THE REPUTATION THEY'RE GETTING FOR RECENTLY TEARING DOWN THE PUBLIC RESTROOM WITH NO PUBLIC INPUT AND THE PLANNING OF MOVING THE BASEBALL DIAMONDS OUT OF THE PARK THAT'S BEEN THERE SINCE WORLD WAR II, THEY'RE DISMANTLING THE PARKS AND RECREATION, SO MY OPINION IS THEY DON'T DESERVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE UNLESS THEY HAVE A PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM THE LAND TO DEVELOP, JUST SAY SO. IF YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM THE LAND AND SET IT UP TO FAIL AS ANOTHER PARK, THEN THAT'S RUDE IN MY OPINION. PASSIONATELY, IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH A GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT HAS A PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. A BUNCH OF US REALLY ENJOYED OUR PARTICIPATION THERE IN BRINGING IT BACK TO THE COMPLIMENTS THAT WE GET THAT IT'S THE BEST IT'S BEEN IN A LONG TIME. IT'S STOPPED THE BLIGHT THAT WAS GOING ON THERE BY THE NEGLECT FROM THE CITY. SO I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU ALL TO LOOK AT THIS VOTE THIS AFTERNOON AND RECONSIDER. LIKE I SAY, IF YOU WANT TO STAY A PARK, THEN WORK WITH THE PEOPLE THAT WANT IT TO BE A PARK, NOT THE CITY OF HOLLY HILL. IT HAS NO PARKS AND RECREATION. THANK YOU.
THANK YOU MR. SMITH.
THANK YOU, MR. SMITH. OKAY. DO WE HAVE ANY FURTHER PARTICIPATION?
NO, SIR. OKAY. WE'LL TAKE A VERY SHORT RECESS AND WE'LL BEGIN OUR MEETING AT APPROXIMATELY 9:00. GOOD MORNING. IF THE CHAMBER COULD PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MAY WITH HAVE A ROLL CALL PLEASE.
PATRICIA NORTHEY.
I'M HERE.
PAT PATTERSON,.
HE'S RUNNING LATE.
MR. JOSHUA WAGNER.
HERE.
MS. CUSACK.
DOUG DANIELS.
DEBORAH DENYS.
JASON DAVIS.
WE HAVE A QUORUM.
THE INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. HE'S FROM THE NEW LIFE BIBLE CHURCH IN ORANGE CITY. I WASN'T EVEN GOING TO TRY THAT. WOULD EVERYONE PLEASE RISE.
FATHER GOD, WE COME BEFORE YOU IN JESUS NAME, AND WE ASK THAT YOU GIVE US WISDOM, ESPECIALLY THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COUNTY. GOD, WE ASK THAT YOU BLESS THEM. SOMETIMES, GOD, WE DON'T RECOGNIZE IT, BUT WE SURE DO NEED IT. SO WHETHER RECOGNIZED OR NOT, WE JUST WANT TO THANK YOU, LORD, FOR HELPING THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE FOR LEADING OUR COUNTY IN JESUS NAME. AMEN.
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH . ITEM 15A HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE AGENDA . LET'S LOOK AT WHAT 15 IS. IT'S THE RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF THE BYWAY AS A FLORIDA SCENIC HIGHWAY. THAT WILL BE COMING UP

ON CONSENT AGENDA. MR. PATTERSON IS NOT PRESENT. WE'LL ASK LATER. WAGNER, CUSACK?


I HAVE NONE, MR. CHAIR.
DOUG DANIELS.
NOTHING.
MS. DENYS.
NOTHING.
SO BE IT. OKAY.
MOTION FOR APPROVAL.
SECOND FOR MS. CUSACK. FURTHER DISCUSSION ALL THOSE SIGNIFY BY AYE.
ALL OF THOSE OPPOSED . ALL RIGHT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE WILL NOW START OFF WITH ITEM NUMBER ONE. HAVING A WIRELESS MICROPHONE IS GREAT. I GET TO TALK TO YOU. THIS MORNING'S ITEM NUMBER ONE IS THE VOLUSIA COUNTY STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS. WE ARE DOING IT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR. I DECIDED I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THIS TO VOLUSIA COUNTY IN FRONT OF THE CITIZENS. COULD YOU PRESS THAT RED BUTTON .

I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICLY LET EVERYBODY KNOW I'M FINE. THE SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS, APPARENTLY. I'M STANDING BEFORE YOU. AND EVERYTHING IS ROCKING AND ROLLING AS IT SHOULD BE. SO WITH THAT WE'LL GET RIGHT INTO THE STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS. SO GOOD MORNING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND CITIZENS ON THE INTERNET AND ALL OF THOSE WHO WILL BE WATCHING THIS. WE'RE BEING VIDEOED. I AM JASON DAVIS. I'M YOUR VOLUSIA COUNTY CHAIR. IT IS A PLEASURE TO BRING FORTH THE 2014 STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS. THIS IS OUR ANNUAL STATUS REPORT, A TIME FOR US TO TAKE A STOCK OF WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE PAST YEAR. SO LET'S GET STARTED. BY TALKING ABOUT WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR VOLUSIA COUNTY. SIGNS OF PROGRESS ARE EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK. FROM THE OCEAN CENTER TO THE ST. JOHN'S RIVER, FROM THE SPEEDWAY TRACK AND ITS EXPANSION IS IN HIGH GEAR. THE ONE DAYTONA RETAIL AND RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX PLANNED FOR THE PROPERTY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SPEEDWAY HAS JUST SIGNED ITS FIRST TWO TENANTS, THE BASS PRO SHOPS AND COBB THEATERS ARE COMING TO VOLUSIA COUNTY. THE HARD ROCK AND THE PROTOGROUP HOTELS ARE IN DEVELOPMENT AND SEVERAL OTHER HOTELS HAVE STARTED MILLION DOLLARS RENOVATIONS. TRADER JOE'S CHAIN HAS SAID THEY WANT TO OPEN A MILLION DOLLARS FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN DAYTONA BEACH. NEXT MONTH SUN RAIL WILL BE TAKING COMMUTERS BETWEEN DEBERRY AND ORLANDO. THIS IS TRULY AN EXCITING TIME IN VOLUSIA COUNTY. THESE MULTIMILLION DOLLARS PROJECTS ARE EXPECTED TO CREATE THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS AS WELL AS DRAW TOURISTS, BUSINESSES, AND NEW RESIDENTS TO OUR AREA. THESE ARE GAME CHANGERS IN VOLUSIA COUNTY AND A CHANCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO FINALLY FULFILL ITS POTENTIAL AS A WORLD CLASS TOURIST DESTINATION WITH A HEALTHY AND DIVERSE ECONOMY. THERE'S MORE EVIDENCE THAT A RECOVERY FROM OUR SESSION IS WELL UNDER WAY. RETAIL SALES HAVE INCREASED ALMOST 10% IN VOLUSIA COUNTY. AND SALE PRICES OF HOMES GREW APPROXIMATELY 7% FROM LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO -- THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE PROPERTY APPRAISER'S OFFICE. DID SOMEBODY START TO APPLAUD? YOU COULD IF YOU WANTED TO. I WOULDN'T STOP YOU. COMMERCIAL BUILD IS UP 1,270 NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMITS WERE ISSUED, WHICH IS A 60% INCREASE FROM 2012. NEW COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PERMITS JUMPED 62% IN 2013 WITH 107 PERMITS BEING ISSUED. THE 3rd QUARTER OF 3013 WAS ONE OF THE BEST WE'VE HAD FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION IN YEARS. 382 NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMITS WERE ISSUED BY VOLUSIA COUNTY AND THE CITIES BETWEEN JULY 1st AND SEPTEMBER 30th. THE HIGHEST QUARTERLY TOTAL SINCE 2007. THE CITY OF DELAND LED THE WAY THAT QUARTER WITH 106 RESIDENTIAL PERMITS ISSUED AT A VALUE OF MORE THAN $33 MILLION. 30 NEW CONSTRUCTION PERMITS WERE GRANTED DURING THIS SAME TIME PERIOD WITH A VALUE OF $162 MILLION THIS WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER AND INCLUDED A SINGLE $105 MILLION BUILDING PERMITS FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. VOLUSIA COUNTY CONTINUES TO FOCUS ITS ECONOMIC EFFORTS ON HELPING OVER 11,000 PLUS EXISTING BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY GROW AND SUPPORTING NEW COMPANIES THAT ARE JUST STARTING OUT. I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN SUPPORTING NEW ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESSES BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S HOW WE BUILD A HEALTHY ECONOMY, FROM THE GROUND UP. THE BUSINESS INCUBATOR FROM DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS DESIGNED TO DO JUST THAT, HELP THESE NEW COMPANIES THRIVE BY PROVIDING TRAINING, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORT. AS OF TODAY, THE INCUBATOR HAS 16 CLIENT COMPANIES WHICH HAVE CREATED MORE THAN 60 JOBS. THE BUSINESS INCUBATOR IS MANAGED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, A NATIONAL LEADER IN INCUBATION PROGRAMS. IT'S NOW IN ITS THIRD YEAR, AND WE'RE THRILLED WITH ITS SUCCESS. I'M CONFIDENT IT WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AS A CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION, A PLACE WHERE IDEAS ARE TRANSFORMED INTO VIABLE COMPANIES. LET'S SHARE WITH YOU ONE OF THE SUCCESS STORIES. THE FIRST RESPONSE DISASTER TEAM, A COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN DISASTER RECOVERY. THEY JOINED THE INCUBATOR A YEAR AGO WITH TWO EMPLOYEES. TODAY THE TEAM EMPLOYEES EIGHT PEOPLE, HAS GROWN INTO AN 8,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IN EDGEWATER, FLORIDA. ITS GOAL, TO OFFER SERVICES THROUGH CENTRAL FLORIDA. THEY GIVE WORKSHOPS FOR THE PUBLIC THAT COVER A VARIETY OF BUSINESS RELATED TOPICS, INCLUDING SOME THAT HAVE NOT BEEN OFFERED IN VOLUSIA COUNTY BEFORE. THESE INCLUDE CLASSES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS. TO CONTINUE ATTRACTING NEW COMPANIES -- OKAY. OUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT MUST BE BUSINESS FRIENDLY. OUR GOAL MUST BE TO CUT THE RED TAPE. I'M PLEASED TO SAY WE HAVE MADE GOOD PROGRESS. TODAY YOU CAN APPLY FOR OR RENEW A BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT, WHICH IS ALSO CALLED A BUSINESS LICENSE. YOU CAN DO THIS ONLINE. IN MANY COUNTY SERVICES RELATED TO THAT DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE COUNTY'S WEBSITE. VOLUSIA.ORG. THEY CAN CLICK ON THE CONNECT LIVE PERMITS LINK AND APPLY FOR PERMITS, SCHEDULE INSPECTIONS, OR CHECK THE STATUS OF APPLICATIONS, ALL FROM THE CONVENIENCE OF THEIR HOME OR OFFICE. IF YOU WOULD RATHER APPLY IN PERSON, A COUNTY OMBUDSMAN IS AVAILABLE TO GUIDE PEOPLE THROUGH THE PROCESS. ANY DISCUSSION ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN VOLUSIA COUNTY MUST INCLUDE THE DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AS IT IS, THE ENGINE THAT FUELS THESE EFFORTS. THE AIRPORT IMPACTS MORE THAN 8300 JOBS. $237MILLION IN PAYROLL AND $742 MILLION IN TOTAL IMPACT ECONOMIC OUTPUT. MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT THE DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS ONE OF THE TOP THREE BUSIEST AIRPORTS IN FLORIDA. THIS IS BASED ON NUMBERS OF LANDINGS AND TAKEOFFS. COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC WAS UP LAST YEAR WITH A TOTAL PASSENGER TRAFFIC EXCEEDING OVER 600,000 FOR 2013. THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2008. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO USE DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND HAVE APPROACHED JETBLUE AIRWAYS ABOUT OFFERING NONSTOP SERVICE TO NEW YORK CITY. THE AREA'S STRONGEST NONSTOP MARKET. LAST YEAR WE PRESENTED THE AIR CARRIER WITH AN INCENTIVE PACKAGE VALUED AT $2.2 MILLION. THAT WAS THE MOST FULLY DEVELOPED COMMUNITY BASED AIR SERVICE PROPOSAL IN THE DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'S HISTORY. AND WE HOPE TO RECEIVE A POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM JETBLUE SOMETIME IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. AS YOU KNOW, THE INTERNET AND TECHNOLOGY HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED HOW WE INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER AND THE WORLD. OUR RESIDENTS EXPECT THE GOVERNMENT TO BE ACCESSIBLE 24 HOURS A DAY AND SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. EARLIER I TOLD YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT ONLINE. IT WILL SOON BE JUST AS EASY TO SIGN UP FOR A SOFTBALL LEAGUE ON VOLUSIA.ORG OR RESERVE A PARK FOR A FAMILY PICNIC. WE'VE REVAMPED THE AIRPORT AND ECONOMIC SITE TO MAKE THEM MORE USER-FRIENDLY ALSO. MULTIPLE COUNTY SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAVE A PRESENCE ON FACEBOOK. ANIMAL CONTROL'S FACEBOOK PAGE HELPS RECONNECT LOST PETS WITH THEIR OWNERS AND PROMOTES RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP. LAST YEAR'S POSTINGS ON THIS PAGE REACHED MORE THAN 8,000 PEOPLE. EVEN OUR LIBRARIES HAVE BECOME TECHNOLOGY HUBS. WHERE LIBRARY PATRONS USE SMART PHONES AND TABLETS WITH VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED INFORMATION. IF YOU'RE NOT ENTIRELY FAMILIAR WITH WHAT IS AVAILABLE, E LABS PROVIDE BASIC COMPUTER SKILL ASSISTANCE WITH INTERNET ACCESS FOR JOB SEARCHES AND COMPLETING APPLICATIONS, AND IT'S ALL FREE WITH THE COUNTY LIBRARY CARD. THE OCEAN CENTER'S WEBSITE ALSO WAS REDESIGNED LAST YEAR AND NOW INCLUDES A NEW PROMOTIONAL VIDEO AIMED AT ATTRACTING MEDIA PLANNERS AND GROUPS. A HIGH SPEED WI-FI SYSTEM INSTALLED ALLOWS THE OCEAN CENTER TO HOST 2500 WI-FI USERS AT ONE TIME, MAYBING THE CONVENTION CENTER MORE COMPETITIVE IN PROVIDING THE LEVEL OF GUEST SERVICES THAT HAVE COME TO BE EXPECTED. A NEW WAVE FINDING SCIENCE SYSTEM LOCATED INSIDE THE INTERIOR OF THE FACILITY MAKES IT EASIER FOR GUESTS TO NAVIGATE THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING. AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, I'M ORIGINALLY FROM APOPKA, AND I RETURNED THERE TO WORK AFTER LEAVING THE MILITARY, BUT WHEN I VISIT VOLUSIA COUNTY, I KNEW I WAS HOME. I LIKED WHAT I SAW, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, PARKS, I VISITED -- THAT ARE VISITED BY MORE THAN 10 MILLION PEOPLE EVERY YEAR. WE PUT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO PROTECTING THESE ASSETS AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE WHO ENJOY THEM BY STRESSING SAFETY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE. OUR BEACH EMPLOYEES WORK HARD TO MAKE THE WORLD'S MOST SAFEST BEACH -- LET ME CORRECT THAT. THEY WORK HARD TO MAKE THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BEACH THE WORLD'S SAFEST BEACH. LAST YEAR THEY RESCUED MORE THAN 2100 PEOPLE FROM THE SURF. THEY TREATED 276 FIRST AID CASES. THEY FOUND MORE THAN 100 MISSING CHILDREN, AND THEY HELPED 2300 STRANDED MOTORISTS. THESE BEACH VISITORS WERE THEN GIVEN NEWLY CREATED INFORMATION REFERENCE CARDS THAT INCLUDED CONTACT AND FOLLOWUP INFORMATION AS WELL AS BEACH SAFETY TIPS. OUR BEACH STAFF ALSO HAS A NEW NAME. THE BEACH SAFETY OCEAN RESCUE, AND THEY HAVE NEW UNIFORMS. THE UNIFORMS DISTINGUISH EMPLOYEES WHO ARE LIFE GUARDS FROM THOSE WHO ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE THAT'S READILY AVAILABLE BUT LARGELY INVISIBLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND VISITORS. CHANGES ARE TAKING PLACE OFFSHORE TOO. THE VOLUSIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS ARTIFICIAL REEF PROGRAM. 29 NEW ARTIFICIAL REEFS WERE CREATED LAST YEAR BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 114 AND EXCEEDING OUR GOAL TO DOUBLE THE ORIGINAL REEF SYSTEM IN TWO YEARS. ARTIFICIAL REEFS SUPPORT THE ORIGINAL MARINE LIFE IN THE MARINE INDUSTRY BY BUILDING HABITATS ON THE NEAR SHORE OF CONTINENTAL SHELF USING CLEAN DONATED CULVERTS, UTILITY POLES AND STEEL SHIPS AND BARGES. IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, THE REEF PROGRAM WAS RECYCLED MORE THAN 50 MILLION POUNDS OF CONCRETE MATERIAL THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE ENDED UP IN SCRAP YARDS AND LAND FILL. WE HAVE AN OUTSTANDING PARK SYSTEM THAT ATTRACT US VISITORS FROM SPORTING EVENTS TO NATURE HIKES AND FISHING TO HISTORIC PROGRAMS. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW POPULAR THESE FACILITIES ARE, OUR BALL FIELDS WERE USED BY MORE THAN 168,000 PEOPLE LAST YEAR. LAST YEAR A NEW FISHING DOCK AND A BOAT RAMP ALONG WITH A NEW CANOE LAUNCH WAS BUILT AT MARINER'S COVE. IT PROVIDES ACCESS TO LAKE MONROE THROUGH BETHEL CREEK AND IS IDEAL FOR SMALL JOHN BOATS AND CANOES. OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR PARKS INCLUDED THE RENOVATION OF RESTROOMS AT THE SUGAR MILL RUE INS, A NEW PLAYGROUND AND VOLLEYBALL COURT FOR STRICKLAND PARK AND HOLLY HILL. REMODELED RESTROOMS AND PAVED ROAD PARKING LOT AT HIGH BRIDGE PARK AND NORMAN BEACH. WITH EXCEPTION TO THE DEBERRY HALL, ALL OF THESE PROJECTS WERE PAID FOR WITH STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS. DEBERRY HALL RECEIVED A GRANT FROM OUR ECHO PROGRAM WHICH STANDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL, HISTORIC, AND OUT DOOR RECREATION. GRANTS ARE GIVING TO BUILDING PROJECTS THAT FIT THE CRITERIA SUCH AS PARKS AND MUSEUMS. SINCE THE COUNTY BEGAN AWARDING ECHO GRANTS IN 2002, 153 GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $58 MILLION HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED. OUR COMMITMENT TO MAKING COUNTY GOVERNMENT GREENER AND MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT CONTINUES TO REDUCE. WE TRY TO REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND SAVE US MONEY. AUTOMATIC CONTROLS THAT RESET THE TEMPERATURE IN THIS EXACT BUILDING AND IN THE COURTHOUSE ON NIGHTS AND ON WEEKENDS ARE EXPECTED TO SAVE A COMBINED TOTAL OF OVER $400,000 A YEAR IN REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. ENERGY EFFICIENT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN AT THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX ON CITY ISLAND AND ARE PROJECTED TO REDUCE ELECTRICITY BILLS BY $50,000 A YEAR. THE COUNTY'S FIRST THERMAL IT'S FACILITY SYSTEM, CONSOLIDATED DISPATCH CENTER THAT OPENED LAST YEAR. THIS ACHIEVED THE LOWEST METERED RATE AVAILABLE AND RESULTED IN A $47,000 REBATE FROM FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT. OUR ONGOING FLEET REDUCTION OF FUEL MEASURES HAVE REDUCED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MILES. COUNTY VEHICLES VEHICLES ARE DRIVEN FOR MORE THAN 16 MILLION-MILES IN ONE YEAR, THE YEAR 2011 TO 14.4 MILLION MILES IN 2013. OUR FLEET NOW INCLUDES MORE THAN 450 HYBRID ELECTRIC AND FLEX FUEL VEHICLES, WHICH DRAMATICALLY INCREASES FUEL EFFICIENCY AND REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. LAST YEAR HIGH DIESEL BUSES WERE BOUGHT TO EXPAND SERVICES. FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING COVERED THE $625,000 COST OF EACH OF THESE BUSES, WHICH WILL INCREASE FUEL EFFICIENCY AND REDUCE DIESEL EMISSIONS. RIDERSHIP GREW FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WITH FIXED ROUTE RIDERSHIP REACHING MORE THAN 3.7 MILLION RIDERS, AN INCREASE IN 4.6%. BUS RIDERS CAN FIND BUS ROUTES AND STOPS STOPS USING A LIVE BUS TRACKER. CELL PHONE ALERTS LET THE RIDER'S KNOW WHEN THE BUS IS ON ITS SCHEDULED ROUTE AND WHERE AND WHEN IT'S APPROACHING A BUS STOP. BUS ROUTES OF VOLUSIA COUNTY WILL SOON TAKE PASSENGERS TO THE NEW SUN RAIL STATION IN DEBERRY WHERE THEY CAN CATCH A RIDE TO ORLANDO ON THE SUN RAIL. SUN RAIL OFFICIALLY STARTS OPERATING ON MAY 19th AND YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE SERVICE FOR A FEW DAYS FREE OF CHARGE STARTING MAY 1st. THIS IS ALL THANKS TO THE CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUTER RAIL COMMISSION. SOME 33,000 VOLUSIA COUNTY RESIDENTS DRIVE I-4 TO WORK IN THE SANFORD, ORLANDO AREA. WE'RE HOPING MANY OF THEM WILL DECIDE TO SKIP THE TRAFFIC HOSTILES AND QUIT BEING A HOSTAGE TO I-4 AND TAKE THE TRAIN TO WORK INSTEAD. IT'S A GREAT WAY TO SAVE GAS AND SAVE MAINTENANCE ON YOUR VEHICLE. WE CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE. LAST YEAR IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AMONG OUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, A 2005 CONTRACT TO DEVELOP AND FINALIZE THE EXTENSION OF SOUTH WILLIAMS FROM AIRPORT ROAD TO PORT ORANGE TO THE PIONEER TRAIL IN NEW SMYRNA PEACH. THE CITY CONTRIBUTING $500,000 AND THE PROPERTY OWNER DONATING 100% OF THE NEEDED RIGHT OF WAY FOR THE PROJECT. FEDERAL FUNDING HAS BEEN SECURED AND CONSTRUCTION IS SET TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR ON THE NEW HIGH RISE BRIDGE THAT WILL REPLACE THE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE. AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS ASSIST ASSISTED IN ALL THE AESTHETICS. THIS GROUP HAS CONTRIBUTED TO MAKING THE BRIDGE A SHOWCASE STRUCTURE OVER THE INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY AND A TRUE TRIBUTE TO ALL VETERANS. SPEAKING OF VETERANS, MANY KNOW I AM PROUDLY -- I HAVE PROUDLY SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY FOR OVER 14 YEARS. I'M A BIG SUPPORTER OF THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT GIVE OUR VETERANS THE CARE AND RESPECT THEY SO RICHLY DESERVE. VOLUSIA COUNTY VETERAN'S OFFICE SERVICES MORE THAN 10,000 VETERANS A YEAR. THEY BELIEVE, AS SO DO I, THAT OUR VETERANS ARE NOT A BURDEN. THEY ARE OUR RESPONSIBILITY. LAST YEAR THE VETERAN'S OFFICE SECURED $179 MILLION IN COMPENSATION AND PENSION FOR OUR VETERANS. PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO THESE VETERANS WITH AN ADDITIONAL $18 MILLION IN RETROACTIVE FUNDS AND THOSE ARE FUNDS THAT WE LIKE TO CALL BACKPAY. OUR VETERAN'S OFFICE HAS ALSO BEEN NAMED STATE OFFICE OF THE YEAR FOR SIX YEARS IN A ROW NOW. AND IN HAS BEEN DONE BY AMERICAN LEGIONS AND THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WAR, A DESIGNATION THAT'S WELL DESERVED. I ENCOURAGE MY FELLOW CITIZENS TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR ALL OF OUR VETERANS AS WELL AS OUR ACTIVE MILITARY. MILITARY. PART OF OUR ROLE IN COUNTY GOVERNMENT, HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES, AND WE TAKE THIS OBLIGATION VERY SERIOUSLY. DURING THE RECESSION WE SAW MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD LOST THEIR JOBS OR HOMES. SOME OF THEM HAD NEVER ASKED FOR HELP BEFORE AND LAST YEAR THE COUNTY ASSISTED MORE THAN 7,000 VOLUSIA FAMILIES WITH HEALTH CARE, HOUSING, AND FOOD COSTS. WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH VOLUSIA MUNICIPALITIES AND GROUPS TO FIND A BETTER WAY TO SERVE THE COUNTY'S HOMELESS POPULATION. THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS OR EASY SOLUTIONS TO THE HOMELESS SOLUTION AND POVERTY. BUT I KNOW THE FIRST STEP FOR OUR COMMUNITY IS TO DEVELOP A SINGLE PLAN OF ACTION. IN MY OPINION OUR BEST CHANCE FOR SUCCESS IS FOR EVERYONE TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD. SO IN CLOSING THIS IS THE STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS. SO WHAT IS THE STATE OF VOLUSIA COUNTY? IT'S GOOD. WE'RE GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY. WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK TOGETHER, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. AND THAT CONCLUDES THE COUNTY'S STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS. THANK YOU FOR COMING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. AND WITH THAT WE'LL TAKE A 10-MINUTE RECESS SO WE CAN RESET THE CHAMBERS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] ALSO, THIS STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS -- I WAS JUST INFORMED IT IS NOW POSTED ONLINE. IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEE IT OR HEAR IT AGAIN, PLEASE CLICK ON AND SEE IT. COULD EVERYONE FIND THEIR SEAT, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GET BACK TO WORK AND START THE COUNCIL MEETING AGAIN. SO BASICALLY A TWO-MINUTE WARNING. WE'LL NOW COME BACK TO ORDER. ITEM NUMBER TWO IS APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 13th MARCH 13th 2014 CITY COUNCIL MEETING.



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