Board of County Commissioners

Gadsden County, Florida

Regular Public Meeting

October 5, 2021

6:00 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

                                Clayton Knowles, County Attorney

                                Marcella Blocker, Deputy Clerk

                                Sara Green, Deputy Clerk



  Chair Holt asked for moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., led in Pledge of Allegiance



  Dixon asked to pull Item 1


Green asked to pull item 10-felt should have workshop on matter


Green motion to pull/Hinson second


Knowles asked for clarity-Item 10 is General Business item and Consent Agenda is where usually pull items for further discussion.  Felt what Green asking was to be workshopped or removed and heard at later date.  Will be removing item 1 and 10 and 10 scheduled for workshop


NeSmith asked for clarity-item 1 was pulled-yes.  Have not voted on Consent Agenda – no.  Item 10 pulled for discussion-no-Green asked to remove from agenda and for workshop for better understanding.  He asked if proper and Holt said approving Agenda always comes before Consent.  Knowles explained when pull consent item, asking for it to not just be heard, but heard and explained outside of Consent.  Green saying requires policy decision and would like more information and wanted it workshopped at later date.  So, approving Agenda on one hand and if want to pull item, need to be added in this motion.  NeSmith asked if proper to be done now and was told yes.  Holt said other way was if want to approve or amend Consent Agenda. 


Hinson said why said rescinded second, there are other things on agenda and had at least week to look at and about to vote.  Had enough time to look at item.  People came to discuss this item tonight.  Think should vote up or down.


Holt asked Green-want removed from Agenda in order to workshop-Green said absolutely because substantial amount of money being requested and motion still stands.  Holt said Hinson made second.  Hinson said will go and his thing was when Commissioner has heartburn with anything, would like to postpone and wait until feels comfortable and asked for date and time.  Asked earliest time for workshop-Mrs. Bradley said would have to advertise.  Dixon asked if anything before next meeting and she said 2 workshops.  He asked about Will be before next meeting.


NeSmith said will support Green’s motion but also have speaker here and thought he could speak.  Was told pulling item and should not speak. 



  V said if Green wants pulled and felt good direction, speaker could speak as non-agenda item.


Chair called for vote.  Passed 5-0





Hurricane Irma Supplemental Claims Update

Item pulled



  V/Green 5-0


Ratification Memo



Approval of Minutes

·         August 17, 2021 Regular Meeting





Anyone wishing to speak on agenda items or non-agenda items should schedule or notify the County Administrator’s Office before attending the meeting and will be asked to follow the Gadsden County Public Meetings Citizens Access Guidelines.  Also, public comment for Commission meetings can be submitted via email to until 11:00 a.m. August 17, 2021.  Comments submitted after the deadline but prior to the meeting will be added to the official record, but the County cannot guarantee that Commissioners and staff will have adequate time to review comments prior to the meeting.

  NeSmith read aloud the above statement.


   Wilbert Butler, 901 Riggins Road, appeared before the Board


  Hinson interrupted and asked he wait until the 19th.


Butler said he felt the Board may make decisions regarding money before the next meeting and was his concern.


  V said did not think delaying would affect money decision.







Approval of State of Florida Purchasing Card Program Contract

  Dixon introduced above item.


  Daniels appeared before the Board.  This is P-card program that currently utilizing with Bank of America and was renewing contract. 


  V motion to approve/NeSmith 5-0



Approval to Confirm the Public Works Director

  NeSmith/Green 5-0



Approval of the Annual Contract between the Gadsden County BOCC and the Florida Department of Health for the Operations of the Gadsden County Health Department

  V/Green 5-0



Approval of the Mutual Aid Agreement between the Gadsden County Fire Service and Decatur County Fire and Rescue

  Dixon introduced


Green/V 5-0



Confirmation of a Planning Commissioner Jerry Wynn for Commission District Three

  Dixon introduced above item

NeSmith /V 5-0



Request for Board Direction on Contracts

  Dixon introduced above item – Asked for direction and said they asked that every contract come back to them. 


  Holt asked for contracts to come back so could review all contracts.  Should give some deliverables, not description of what want to do


  NeSmith said they were grouped together-Dixon said not for approval, just wanted to get information to them.  NeSmith then said was affiliated with business that rents from Chamber-Knowles said would need to disclose but not today. 


  V said was glad she mentioned about deliverable data-one contract expired year ago.  Think they need to consider Lawson & Associates.  Session starts in January.  Think appropriate to pull that contract and make decision because of time sensitivity.


  Holt said what wants to know from vendors is …need documentation.


  Hinson added with Senior Services and think need to fund as soon as possible.  Need to approve so can receive $ no later than November.


  Green said with Lawson, ends in December-what direction going to take.  Dixon said now was time, would probably take 1 ½ months.  Legislative session starts in January, Boards start now.  Not as far behind 8-ball as was last year.


  Hinson said was great to have more than one, especially federal level.  Lawson helped get fire truck, Lamb park, and named others.


  Dixon said whatever direction given, can renegotiate contract. 


  NeSmith said was extensive list Hinson gave.  Asked if County provides lobbying firm list to go after? 


  Holt said members here yesterday have to provide list, lobbyists push list through. 


  V said since discussing services of Lawson, he also had list since talked with him yesterday.  When sent list, was impressed.  With Congressman being at national level, give advantage to provide more deliverables.  If motion appropriate with time sensitivity,


V motion to extend for 1 year or renew services of Lawson so can continue services provided/Green second with comment-would like to agenda for spring for following year


  Hinson said did not have to have 1, could have 2 or three.  This is just for State level, need federal level,


  Chair called for vote


  Dixon asked before carrying motion, Hinson said would not want to end-extend until 2023 – Dixon asked for little lead time before next fiscal year and asking contract not end until December. 


  Chair said need to carry vote.  5-0


  V said “call to question” was not meant to end conversation and needs to be voted on.


  Holt said voted and was 4-0


Knowles said the “call to question” should be voted on before taking vote on motion.


  Holt asked V to rescind motion-he asked if to end or start over.  V withdrew motion and Green withdrew second.  5-0


  NeSmith said V had hand up.  She asked if rescinded motion because hand was up.


  V motion to extend services for Lawson & the County should start process of seeking RFP or RFQ in July of 2022/Green second  Hinson question


V said intent is for contract to be renewed until December 2022 and RFQ start in July


Chair called for vote 5-0.



Funding Request from the Havana Community Development Corporation, Inc.

Item pulled to workshop






   Nothing to report





  Dixon said meet again Thursday for evaluation workshop; Saturday is Midway Day; reached out to RFM and Gaffey responded and asked for any help can give, however don’t plan or envision second driveway for up to 2 years.  Parents that show up early are ones causing problems and block highway for residents. 


  Holt said think need to look at before 2 years.  Otherwise, will be several wrecks.  






  Knowles said response from Board-reached out to Richard Doughty regarding census-can’t move until next year-will get back with Knowles


To answer NeSmith’s question earlier, all motions require second.





Report and Discussion of Public Issues



Commissioner Eric Hinson, District 1

  Noticed lot of development, especially in Chattahoochee.  He said off Highway 27, heard building Dollar Store.  He called P&Z and was told off 27 and 270 had development going on and heard Family Dollar.  Asked to be informed what going on in his district. 


Food Cards-had phone call-was denied Dixon said must be because used same address


Asked for workshop on American Rescue Plan.


  Thankful and grateful that FSU had chance to win and hopes everyone roots for FSU because of economic impact on Gadsden County. 



Commissioner Kimblin NeSmith, District 3

  NeSmith need to stay vigilant about Love where you live campaign.


Looked for favorite sign and sign gone.


  Dixon said PW dedicating 2 weekends a month to Love Where You Live campaign.  Lee said working on schedule.


  Thanked Holt, Dixon and PW for clean-up campaign in Friendship community.  Picked up lot of trash.


  Thanked V for supporting Sawdust outreach first clean-up.


  Asked to partner with Midway to add lighting in area. 


  Hinson asked if State road, Holt said yes, but long story, don’t have utilities.  Dixon said hoping to work with solar.


  V said talking about lighting, if Admin could take note and make it policy issue from BOCC to FAC to push for a state policy to provide lighting in rural areas.  Dixon said thinks becomes doable with solar.    



Commissioner Ronterious Green, District 5

  Congratulated Lee, asked them to check out Jim Lee Road, did construction few months ago.


Requested copy of Ordinances-knew lot of outdated-


Asked for names on Veteran monument-V said no provision for memorializing names.  Michael Jackson was working on brick pavers where families could get brick to honor vets on the grounds. 


  Thanked Admin and Staff for getting package way before time and believe Midway Day is next Saturday.


  Hinson asked for Proclamation or Resolution for   Hinson said wanted to recognize Jarvis Rittman NeSmith/V  5-0



Commissioner Anthony “Dr. V” Viegbesie, District 2

  V said something coming from CRTPA-FDOT wants to do signage change from stop sign to yield at junction of MLK and 90 in front of city hall in Midway


  Emailed name of contact person and phone number. 


  Personal request making, has interest to run again for FAC Executive VP and requesting letter of approval and support


NeSmith/Holt 5-0  



Commissioner Brenda Holt, District 4

   Planning Commission revitalizing downtown and could use book to do some of that they doing


  Need to look at work programs, want to help inmates get career training. 


Have people asking about funding assistance for minority farmers.


Receipt and File





  Adjourned 7:24 p.m.





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