County League of Cities, Inc.
March 2, 2009
Craig Barker called the meeting to order at 12:00p.m. in the Cinco Bayou Town
in Mayor Craig Barker as President of the Okaloosa County League of Cities, Inc.
- Secretary/Treasurer Nick Chubb swore Mayor Barker in.
Barker (President) - Destin
Strong (Vice-President) - Valparaiso
Chubb (Secretary/Treasurer) - Cinco Bayou
Parker - Crestview
Anderson - Fort Walton Beach (left at 1:00)
Bolton - Mary Esther
Smith - Niceville (left at 1:23)
Combs - Shalimar (left at 1:15)
Bruce McClintock - Eglin AFB
Vanover - Eglin AFB
- Councilman Smith moved to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2009
Special Meeting and the January 20, 2009 Dinner Meeting.
The motion was seconded by Mayor Anderson and passed unanimously.
REPORT: The Balance equals
$3360.26 after paying $69.96 for the January Special Meeting Lunch, $70.00 to
the Division of Corporations and $21.52 to the Post Office for stamps to mail
out the Legislative Agendas and receiving $1450.00 in dues/lunch fees from all 9
cities and Okaloosa County. Councilman
Smith approved the Treasurer’s Report. The
motion was seconded by Commissioner Strong and passed unanimously.
Green Awareness Task Force Meetings (Chubb)
- Councilman Chubb acknowledged that there is a Task Force Meeting tomorrow
(March 3) at 8:15 a.m. The meetings
will be held on the first Tuesday of every month.
Valparaiso lawsuit against
the Air Force -
Commissioner Strong handed out the Air Force Record of Decision (ROD) and a
letter that Valparaiso mailed out to their residents regarding the Joint Strike
Fighter (JSF). Member Strong
explained that Valparaiso’s attorney told their City Council that they will
only have 60 days to challenge the ROD. Valparaiso’s
legal team won’t file anything until the 60-day challenge period is almost up
and hopes that the Air Force will work something out before then.
Valparaiso believes that the current ROD DB level baseline will destroy
their city. Mayor
Bolton moved that the Okaloosa County League of Cities, Inc. join with other
organizations (Okaloosa County, Economic Development Council, etc.) and require
Valparaiso to drop their lawsuit against the Air Force.
Mayor Barker seconded the motion for discussion.
Mayor Combs declared that he disagreed and felt that this is
Valparaiso’s fight, one that no other entity has a right to get involved in -
Valparaiso may feel that this is their only option.
Mayor Anderson stated that he would like to discuss this issue with his
City Council before speaking for them.
Mayor Barker believes there are merits to both sides of the argument.
He doesn’t feel that a lawsuit or countersuit will solve anything.
He also stated that he would support a resolution that asked Valparaiso
to exhaust every and all options before filing their lawsuit but nothing that
disparaged another city or their council/commission.
Mayor Bolton stated that the lawsuit is founded on unrealistic
Col. McClintock explained that on advice of Air Force attorneys, many
meetings, briefings and discussions have been stifled since Valparaiso’s
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.
Barker withdrew his second to Mayor Bolton’s motion. He will not agree to
an “attack” resolution. Mayor
Bolton moved that the Okaloosa County League of Cities, Inc. sign a resolution
that suggests to The City of Valparaiso that they consider all other options
before filing an injunction or lawsuit against the Air Force.
Mayor Barker seconded the motion and it passed 5-1 with Commissioner
Strong voting nay and 0 abstentions.
Mayor Bolton has agreed to draft the Resolution.
April 21, 2009 - OCLOC Dinner hosted by Destin - Mayor Barker explained that
Destin is shoring up some last minute details regarding the dinner.
As soon as they have the information, they’ll send out the invitations.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/REPORTS FROM CITIES:
Bayou - The city plans to use CDBG
money for underground utilities.
Crestview - Crestview had nothing to report.
March 18 at 0730 - Community
Leaders’ Breakfast at the Eglin Enlisted Club
April 30 - May 2 - 33rd Fighter Wing Reunion
May 1 - Change of Command Ceremony
- March 26 - Proposed Ground Breaking for 7th Special Forces
Fort Walton Beach - Mayor Anderson left the meeting before this agenda item came up.
Hurlburt Field - No one from Hurlburt Field was present.
Laurel Hill - No one from Laurel Hill was present.
Mary Esther - Mary Esther had nothing to report.
Niceville - Councilman Smith left the meeting before this agenda item came up.
Okaloosa County - No one from Okaloosa County was present.
- Shalimar had nothing to report.
- Commissioner Strong left the meeting before this agenda item came up.
The meeting adjourned at 1:31p.m.
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