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Macclenny City Commission July 12 agenda




July 12, 2011 6:00 PM


  1.  Prayer
  1. Flag Ceremony
  1. Final Reading of Ordinance No. 11-07: an ordinance providing for acceptance of a voluntary annexation request from Michael and Debra Oyinloye.
  1. Mrs. Kerry Dunlavey and Mrs. Terrenia Staier with the Baker County Health Department will be present to request the City donate an additional .91 acres for future development.
  1. Approval of Resolution No. 11-09: a resolution honoring Assistant Fire Chief Randy White of the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.
  1. Approval of Resolution No. 11-10: a resolution authorizing execution of a railroad reimbursement agreement for the construction of railroad grade crossings, installation of traffic control devices for railroad grade crossings, and future maintenance and adjustment of said crossings and devices.
  1. Approval of Resolution No. 11-11: a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for Federal Fiscal Year 2011.
  1. Approval of Resolution No. 11-12: a resolution designating the City of Macclenny’s Comprehensive Plan as its Community Development Plan.
  1. Approval of the City of Macclenny’s Citizen Participation Plan.
  1. Comments-Board/Public
  1. Approval of minutes:
  • § Regular Meeting: June 14, 2011
  1. Review of the bills for the month of June 2011.


County commission’s July 5 agenda


Tuesday – July 5, 2011

4:00 P.M.  Public Forum Meeting with Commissioners and County Manager


  1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

  1.  Presentation of Amendment to the Agenda (if any)

  1. Approval of Regular Agenda

  1. Approval of Consent Agenda Items
  1. Expense Report
  1. Approval of Minutes June 20, 2011 Meeting
  1. Planning Department Request for Public Hearing July 18, 2011 @ 6 pm

  1.  Committee Reports or Items

  1. Constitutional Officers

  1. Persons Wishing to Appear
  1. Alan Nast/Clay Lyons/County Audit Report for FY 2009/2010 and Terms of Engagement for County Audit for FY 2011, 2012, 2013
  1. Catherine Leighton/Greystone Subdivision

  1. County Manager
  1. Council on Aging Lease Agreement
  1. Request to Form a Interlocal Agreement Revision Task Force
  1. Bid Results/Sale of Recreation Department 1993 Chevy Pickup Truck
  1. FEMA reimbursement for 2004 storms
  1. Health Department retention pond
  1. Resolution 2011-07/Clerk of Court Incentive Payment/Child Support Collection
  1. Resolution 2011-08/Baker County Transportation Facility

  1. Commission Comments

  1. County Attorney Comments

  1.  Persons wishing to appear who are not on the agenda (limit 3 minutes)

  1. Adjourn


County commission’s June 7 agenda



Tuesday – June 7, 2011


4:00 P.M.  Public Forum Meeting with Commissioners and County Manager




I.                   Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance


II.                Presentation of Amendment to the Agenda (if any)


III.             Approval of Regular Agenda


IV.              Approval of Consent Agenda Items

1.      Approval of Minutes May 16, 2011

2.      Expense Report

3.      COA request to waive AG Center rental fees for “Real Senior Prom”

4.      Planning Department Request for Public Hearing June 20, 2011 @ 6pm

a.       Special Use:  Wireless Telecommunication Facilities submitted by Dupont Co

 b.  First Baptist Church of Glen St Mary, Florida – Petition for closing and                  abandonment of a portion of George Taber Boulevard- Res. 2011-06 


V.                 Committee Reports or Items


VI.              Constitutional Officers


VII.           Persons Wishing to Appear

1.      Representative Janet Adkins/Update on the Florida Legislature

2.      Meg McGauley-Kerry Dunlavey/State of YMCA after 10 years

3.      Alterial Baker/NE Fla. Community Action Agency request for funds after school program for at risk youth.

4.      Jon Mobley/Boy Scouts of America

5.      Sharon Padgett


VIII.        County Manager

1.      George Taber Rd. Update

2.      Old Jail Update

3.      Glen Nursery Rd Bypass Mitigation

4.      Simmons/Ruise SHIP change order

5.      Jay Patel-Raceway

6.      NFEDP billing and appointments


IX.              Commission Comments


X.                 County Attorney Comments

1.      Hanson Roof Tile, Inc. Mediated Settlement Agreement


XI.              Persons wishing to appear who are not on the agenda (limit 3 minutes)

XII.           Adjourn

St. Mary’s River committee chair asks GA regulators to deny withdrawal permit

May 15, 2011

Mr. Ade Oke
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30354
Re: Miocene Holdings surface water withdrawal permit

Dear Mr. Oke:

On behalf of the St. Marys River Management Committee, please accept this letter of concern regarding the Miocene Holdings surface water withdrawal permit application under consideration by your office. The St. Marys River Management Committee is an intergovernmental entity of elected and appointed members from four counties along the St. Marys River including Charlton, Camden, Nassau and Baker counties.

The Committee is very concerned about the detrimental impacts to the St. Marys River that would likely occur as a result of the implementation of the Miocene Holdings project. The proposed project would remove 350,000 gallons of water per day from the St. Marys River, filter the water to remove the natural tannins, and then return the filtered water to the river. The removed tannins will be used as a soil amendment for agricultural purposes.

As a public advocate for the St. Marys River, the Committee has numerous concerns about this proposed project. From a water quantity perspective, the Committee is concerned about the volume of water to be removed from the river. The location selected for the removal of the water (the North Prong of the river) is a historically low-flow area and monitoring data suggests that the proposed withdrawal amounts could periodically exceed the volume of total flow at the proposed withdrawal sites. Vague language in the permit application about suspending operations during low water periods does little to ameliorate this concern, especially in the absence of any metric for determining what constitutes low water.

From a water quality perspective, the Committee is especially troubled about the impacts of discharging this filtered water to the river body. The St. Marys River is a high-quality blackwater river with a naturally low pH. The dark color of the water comes from decaying peat and other vegetation that produce tannin, a naturally occurring, water-soluble organic compound. By filtering the water to remove the tannins, Miocene Holdings will be altering the fundamental characteristics of the river’s water. Discharging water treated to a regulatory pH level of 7 into a low-volume blackwater stream with a natural range of pH 3.8 – 4.2 would have significant negative impacts on the river’s ecological functions and native flora and fauna.

In addition, the proposed industrial filtration process could also further deplete dissolved oxygen levels in water being returned to a river system already naturally low in dissolved oxygen.

Finally, as the St. Marys River serves as the boundary between Georgia and Florida, the Committee believes that the approval of this permit inevitably invites another interstate conflict over the use of shared water resources. The water quality and quantity issues that would almost certainly occur as a result of the Miocene project will impact both sides of the river. County commissioners and Committee stakeholder representatives from both states are fielding a groundswell of community response to this proposal and the public comments are overwhelmingly negative.

Because of these concerns, the Committee is requesting that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division NOT issue a withdrawal permit to Miocene Holdings LLC.


Chip Campbell, Georgia Co-Chair

St. Marys River Management Committee



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