Two new county commissioners join the dais Tuesday on a day when the board will discuss impact fees, road projects and one commissioner’s idea for county owned land in Lecanto.
Holly Davis and Ruthie Schlabach, both elected in the August primary, will be sworn into office during the board’s annual organizational meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2022, at the courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.
They replace Jimmie T. Smith and Brian Coleman. Davis defeated Smith at the polls; Coleman left office after one term.
The agenda includes a plan offered by Commissioner Jeff Kinnard to “approve in concept” setting aside 16 acres near the county jail for a LifeStream Behavioral Center Baker Act facility/mental-health campus, and the county animal shelter.
Both LifeSteam and supporters of a new animal shelter have targeted the property, which officials say is a perfect fit.
Kinnard proposes that the county lease 10 acres to LifeStream for a nominal fee, and use the remaining acreage for a new animal shelter.
Both LifeSteam and the county would split design costs and permitting, according to Kinnard’s proposal. LifeStream would be responsible for building the facility with no additional dollars from the county.
Tuesday’s agenda also includes:
• Awarding $720,291 contract to C.W. Roberts Contracting to resurface 1.9 miles of Forest Ridge Boulevard between Lake Beverly Drive and C.R. 491. The state covers 75% of the cost through its Small Counties Outreach Program, or SCOP.
• Discussion whether to combine all parks impact fee districts into one. Currently, the county collects parks impact fees in four districts and whatever is collected must be spent within the district collected. Kinnard’s proposal is to combine the four so that the money can be best used on park projects.
A consultant is now undergoing an impact fee review for the county, and commissioners are expected to see it in early 2021.
Regardless of the board’s direction, fees that have already been collected must be spent in their districts.
• 5:05 p.m. public hearing for MC Damron Land Co. LLC to rezonine 13 acres of land on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and State Road 44 for an indoor shooting range.