Board of County Commissioners

Regular Meeting

 August 15, 2023, at 6:00 PM

 Edward J. Butler Governmental Complex


PRESENT:             Kimblin E. NeSmith, Chair, District 3

                                Eric F. Hinson, Vice-Chair, District 1

                                Alonzetta Simpkins, District 2

                                Brenda A. Holt, District 4

                                Ronterious “Ron” Green, District 5

                                Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator

                                Attorney McKinney, Sub for Attorney Knowles

Adriana Quijada, Clerk Secretary to the Boards


Call to Order, Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

  Hinson called meeting to order at 6 pm. Green provided invocation. Hinson led into the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag.


Amendments and Approval of Agenda

 Dixon stated 4 amendments to Agenda.  Item 1A, Presentation by Conexon, Item 8A Approval of FL Department of Law Enforcement Salary Assistance Grant for Fiscally Constrained Counties Grant, Item 8B Approval of Letter of Intent to Renew the Employee Agreement for the GC Administrator, and 8C Approval of S Adams St Sidewalk Agreement.


 Green/ Simpkins



Awards, Presentations, and Appearances

1.         Recognition of Alma Littles, M.D.
  (Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners)

Green provided recognition of honor to Ms. Alma Littles.


1A. Conexon Presentation  

   Leslye Krampe appeared before the Board. She provided a presentation on Conexon.



 Chair stated he had been with Legal Counsel today regarding some matters and asked Attorney if can make amendment to Agenda so they could bring those items forward.


  Attorney stated yes.


  Chair stated to add it as item 7 and move the current Item 7 to Item 7A.  

 Chair called for motion to bring forth presentation from legal Counsel.

Green/ Holt



  Chair called for motion for Consent Agenda

   Hinson asked to pull Item 3 for discussion

Holt/ Green


2.     Approval of Agreement with Sonitrol to upgrade the User Access to the Edward J. Butler Building
        (Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator / Allan Meeks, Facilities Director)

3.     Approval of Signatures for Special Assessment Liens and Rehabilitation Contracts - State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) and Gadsden Emergency Repair Program (ER)
        (Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator /Sonya D. Burns, SHIP Housing Coordinator)

4.     Approval of Service Agreement to allow Johnson Controls to provide annual inspections for Fire Alarm Essential Services at the Gadsden County Jail
        (Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator / Allan Meeks, Facilities Director)

5.     Approval of the Gadsden County Behavioral Health Transportation Plan
        (Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator /Colonel Bobby Collins, GCSO)


Hinson pulled item 3 for discussion.  

Dixon stated to bring item back on next meeting.

Green asked about applications submitted  

 Dixon stated received 40-50 apps. In the last few weeks.   

Green asked how much money in budget and what was deadline

 Dixon stated there is no deadline.

 Green stated need to find a way to amend this.

 Simpkins stated they should be able to set the requirements for those funds.

Hinson/ Holt


 Holt stated did not have to have insurance before house is built.  

Citizens Requesting to be Heard on Non-Agenda Items (3-minute limit)

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners welcomes and encourages public participation at all meetings of the Board. Citizens are free to speak for up to three (3) minutes on non-agenda items. Public comments and participation are also encouraged for items on the agenda. Additionally, if you are unable to attend a meeting in person, comments from the Public can also be submitted via email to until noon on the date of the meeting. 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. Citizens are further encouraged to participate via Zoom using the credentials on the County’s website. The Board’s meetings are also broadcast live on the Board’s Facebook page.

 Mr. Dixon read aloud the above statement. 

Janet Watson, 2793 Sycamore Rd

 Janet Watson stated will give her three minutes to her husband, Mike Watson.

Mike Watson, 2793 Sycamore Rd

Mr. Watson appeared before the Board. He was there to discuss Sycamore Rd.

Green returned at 7:11 pm

Simpkins stepped out at 7:13 pm

Simpkins returned at 7:14 pm



6.     Public Hearing: Willscot Hammock Creek Conceptual/Preliminary Site Plan (SP 2023-01)

 Dixon presented above item. 

 Ellen Andrews read through item 6.

 Carmen Greene appeared before the Board to discuss above item.

 Holt asked how long were the trucks going to be coming out of there.


Greene stated they will have 10 large trucks exiting


 Greene stated it was designed for this kind of traffic.


 Holt asked about pollution. Greene stated it would be taken care of by storm water ponds


 Holt/ Green





7. Presentation for Figgers Communication – Settlement Discussion

Dixon introduced item

Attorney Zach appeared before the Board to discuss settlement of case between Figgers Communication and the Board.

Motion for option 1

Green/ NeSmith; Holt opposed


7A. Approval to Award contract for Bid No. 23-03 Library Technical Services Support

Dixon introduced item

 Holt/ Green


8.     Approval of Agreement with Calvin, Giordano and Associates, Inc. (CGA) to purchase Gov-Easy Code Enforcement Software

Dixon introduced item


 Green/ Holt



8A.   Approval of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Salary Assistance Grant for Fiscally Constrained Counties Grant

Dixon introduced item

 Simpkins/ Holt



8B.    Approval of the Letter of Intent to Renew the Employee Agreement for the Gadsden County Administrator

Dixon introduced item

Chairman returned at 7:58 pm.

 Green/ Holt 5-0

8C. Approval of South Adams Street Sidewalk Agreement

Dixon introduced item


 Green/ Holt



Clerk of Court

9. Updates

(Nicholas Thomas, Clerk)


County Administrator


10. Updates

 CA stated had grand opening in Chattahoochee.   


County Attorney


11. Updates  


Discussion Items by Commissioners


Commissioner Alonzetta Simpkins, District 2

 Simpkins asked if they had timeline on when the salary study will be completed for the other employees


Dixon stated about 3 weeks in… about 2 more weeks of work.


 FRDAP Grant deadline august 31- asked if put in apps. for that


Daniels stated no apps. – got awarded recent one – St Johns $50,000


 Simpkins asked if they have closed that app. to qualify to apply for 2 this year.

Simpkins mentioned Attapulgus Hwy and what was the update

Curtis Young appeared

 Simpkins mentioned ordinance as it relates to contracts

 Simpkins mentioned Town Hall Meeting on Aug 24 at 6pm. 

 Simpkins asked how to have forms uploaded. 

 Simpkins mentioned signs

Steele stated they did not have funds 


Commissioner Brenda A. Holt, District 4

 Holt mentioned Gadsden County Treasure Hunt. Will have event April of next year. Asked if anyone had items


 Holt mentioned FRDAP


Commissioner Ronterious Green, District 5

  Green wanted to make motion for Pastor

Green/ Holt 5-0


 Asked motion for Commissioner Clarence Bryant

Green/ NeSmith 5-0


 Wanted proclamation for Promoter Chris Holt

Green/ Simpkins 5-0


 Green mentioned internal homelessness.


 Green mentioned wild hog situation    

 Commissioner Eric F. Hinson, District 1

 Hinson mentioned fire hydrants. Need to look for a solution.

 Hinson mentioned having local participation for

 Hinson mentioned neighborhood help

 Hinson mentioned Community Resource Fair

Hinson wanted to make a motion to give CA permission to purchase AC unit that goes into their building      

Hinson/ Simpkins

Holt stated needed to go by the contract

 Green stated he needed to see some numbers and little more info.  

 Chair stated cannot support due to lack of info.

 Hinson wanted to withdraw motion – would like to find ways to direct CA to find out cost for replacing AC unit.

 Hinson withdrew motion from earlier and Simpkins withdrew her second.

 Green asked when lease was over

 Hinson made motion for Board to give direction to CA for cost analysis of AC unit.

 Holt stated there should be correspondence from them. Need to do research 

Hinson/ Simpkins

3-2 Holt, NeSmith opposed

Chairman Kimblin E. Nesmith, J.D., District 3

 Chair thanked Board


Motion to Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 9:31 pm






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