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Board of County Commissioners Meeting Action Item Report, December 2012

Highlighted Action Items from the December 4, 2012 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting:

Presentations and Proclamations

The Board recognized retiring employees Charles “Chuck” Stevens with the Solid Waste Department and Deresa Lane with the Fire Rescue EMS Billing Department for over 32 years of individual service to the County.

Regular Agenda Item One – Review of St. Johns County’s Managed Investment Performance

The County’s contracted Financial Advisor, Public Financial Management, Inc., presented an update on the County’s managed investment accounts including the Surplus Fund, the Surplus 1?5 Year Fund, the Short Term Fund, and the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Fund. The County’s investment portfolios reported higher quarterly and annual returns than the benchmark performance indices. The County’s portfolios are considered high credit quality and are invested in U.S. Treasury, Federal Agency, and commercial paper securities. The Board is provided two separate investment performance reviews each quarter.

Regular Agenda Item Two – Animal Control Code Ordinance

The Board adopted ordinance 2012?32, repealing and replacing County ordinances 2001?19, Leash Law and 2010?10, the Dangerous Dog ordinance. In doing so, St. Johns County Animal Control Division is provided with a comprehensive animal control ordinance which addresses all of the diverse issues dealing with domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Those issues include, but are not limited to: restraint, dangerous dogs and cats, mistreatment, abandonment, fighting, vaccinations and licenses for kennels and rescue facilities. This item was prepared with coordination of the Animal Control Division, the Office of the County Attorney, Beach Services, Risk
Management and with input from victims of dog attacks.

Regular Agenda Item Eight – 2013 Legislative Action Plan

The Board adopted the 2013 St. Johns County Legislative Action Plan. Priorities for the upcoming legislative session include Florida statute amendments, transportation projects and funding, water quality, and unfunded mandates. The priorities will be presented to the St. Johns County Legislative Delegation during the public hearing at 4 p.m. on December 17 at the St. Johns County Administrative Building, 500 San Sebastian. The Legislative Action Plan will be available for viewing at wwwsjcfl.us after the Legislative Delegation meeting.

Consent Agenda Item Seven – Recreation Special Events Sponsorships

The Board recognized $7,000 in unanticipated revenue in the form of sponsorship contributions from local
organizations. The funding will be utilized to support the youth basketball program, annual Easter Egg Hunt, and
other community events and recreational programming.

Entertainment

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Books

Richards Rocks!

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Art

More Than a Score

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

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Lifestyle

Richards Rocks!

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Outdoors

Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE XS Series Bow Sights

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Sports

There Are Superheroes Among Us

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Business

Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Travel

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

  Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky” by Amy Lignor   Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Controlling a Species: Humans Being Humane

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