Board of County Commissioners

Gadsden County, Florida

Continuation of Retreat

March 23, 2021

4:00 p.m.



Present:               Brenda Holt, Chair, District 4

                                Dr. Anthony “Dr. V” Viegbesie, Vice Chair, District 2

                                Eric Hinson, District 1

                                Kimblin NeSmith, District 3

                                Ronterious “Ron” Green, District 5

                                Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator

                                Nicholas Thomas, Clerk of Court

                                Clayton Knowles, County Attorney

                                Marcella Blocker, Deputy Clerk

                                Hannah Pope, Clerks Office



  4:05 PM

Dr. Gabrielle Gabrielli Introduced the ag


  4:11 PM  Gabrielli recapped what was brought up in the first retreat.

Mission- B


  4:12 PM Hinson wanted to speak on the broadband systems.

G wanted to look at two graphics. Looking at an one page approach to the

Chair stated she wanted to have people to

  4:15 PM  G went over the goals for the County.

  4:17 PM G asked if broadband systems needs to be a goal.

C stated to  look at a time frame for the broad band access within five years

H to have it in 2023

Les. Ausley is sponsoring a program for small county. 3.3 million.

G do we know a time line for that

C may get enough for part of the county

D asked what are we working towards

H stated that we need to look int

Les stated that our senator is

Dixon what is Gadsden doing for its self. Don’t count on grants in the strategic plan. Need the plan.

H stated start a committee to help meet that need. Let the community decide. Bring it up to the supervisor of election.

G who is the responsible lead

Dixon stated himself. Needs to be put in the year. 2022

H give six months.

D they don’t have the tech for Gadsden county get. Wires have to run in the ground. That’s a million dollar project.

H we need time lines.

Dixon that is fast.

H we will for

Green is there a way to build the team before the end of the

Dixon we are already is working on the team. They have been to the big users. Go find money for something

N stated that he

C half cent was voted on for hospital and was not opened. So it will be hard. Quickly get people in progress. Follow the lead from other rural counties.


C study done as soon as they can. Borrow ideas that are already successful.

Dixon is already working on it.

H put in the hands of the constituents.

Green however we have to have something from staff to work with. Work through the process.

H why don’t we have a board for those


  4:37 PM N Having special meetings. Put dates on those special processes. Chair had stated that we would have trouble funding

V entered at 4:41pm

Dixon stated that gas tax has to be added after govern approval. Next part is economics.

N is hurting

Daniels exited at 4:43pm

Daniels entered at 4:45 pm

N read his notes to the group. Complete the strategic plan. Enact the love where you live plan. Assist School system.  Renovate the court house.

H made comments


  4:57 PM

Dixon stated give a few years so the county was not

G what is a realistic time line

There was round table discussion. N wants a new building for commission. V they are now running Blueprint programs in Tallahassee as…. Closed economies do not grow. Chair stated stop hiring those who are being fired.

Holt exited at 5:22 pm

Holt entered at 5:25 pm


  5:41 PM Concerns are bridges, paving 5 miles of dirt roads. Adding in private dirt roads into the county system.

V wants interchanges to be ready for businesses.  

Holt exited at 5:50 pm

Holt entered 5:51

N entered at 5:51

There was round table discussion regarding the strategic plan. The following

Co-located courthouse and commission building.

Add sheriff’s complex.


  6:13 PM

Biggest goal is public heath care plan.  Construct or open hospital.

N asked who owns the hospital in Gadsden.

C stated Gadsden owns the property and building.

There was round table discussion for public health and safety. The plans that were made are

Holt exited at 6:24 pm

N exited at 6:35pm

N entered 6:40 pm

There was a 15 min. restroom break.

  7:04 PM  There was a round table discussion. The following was discussed overhaul the comp. plan, updated the LDC, and implement love where you live program.

Hinson entered at 7:09 pm

For schools tech education programs, new programs for Gadsden’s future, library, recruit/train/retain county staff, create executive staff severance package, develop Gadsden Community College, and update the transportation element of the comp. plan, promote lakes, updated bike trails, adding dog parks


N exited at 7:33 pm.

 N entered ate 7:34 pm


Holt entered at 7:52 pm




Adjourned at 8 p.m.





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