Alligator Point-Saint Teresa Association
Board of Directors Meeting
The July meeting of the Alligator Pt-St Teresa Association Board of Directors was called to order by President Terry Madigan at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Mission by the Sea Church on Alligator Drive. Board members in attendance: Madigan, Sosebee, Rippee, Parker, Murphy, Boldt, Feifer, Hambrose, McCloy, McCord, Metts and Novak.
Lieutenant Sandoval with FCSO gave a re-cap of calls related to Alligator Point over the past month. Boldt asked if it would be possible to set one of the temporary electric signs to remind motorists of the 45 MPH speed limit along Alligator Drive between Pine Street and Bald Point Road. Sandoval said he would forward the request to the sheriff.
Approval of Minutes:
A clarification to the May minutes was submitted by member Lewis. On motion by Feifer, seconded by Parker to accept the minutes of the May Board meeting as amended was adopted without objection.
Approval of Treasurer Report:
Treasurer Rippee reports a cash balance of $46,582.47. She will look into certificates of deposit and money market options which might result in a higher return on APSTA funds.
Motion by Novak, seconded by Feifer to accept Treasurer's report adopted without objection.
Elections/Nominating Committee Report:
Parker is contacting potential candidates for the Board of Directors. Parker will be stepping down from the Board for the next two years to spend more time with family. McCloy will send an email to all attendees of the June Special Meeting to see if any might be interested in standing for a Board seat. Feifer suggested the inclusion of a brief “candidate biography” with each ballot would better inform voters and might increase participation.
Fire Department – Parker introduced new VFD Board of Directors President, Sean Kearns. It has been a busy month for fire calls. Engine maintenance and training takes place every Thursday evening at 6:30. There’s been no further action by Franklin County regarding purchase of the firehouse. CPR/AED training will be held before the end of summer. Parker gave an overview of how to operate the AED located at the front door of the church.
Franklin County Government – Feifer reports public comment at county commission meetings is limited to the “comment period” at the beginning of the meeting.
County property values rose 3.6% this year. Feifer will recommend to the County that it roll back millage rates.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Counties.
Membership –Georgianne Metts welcomed new APSTA members. McCloy reports a current membership of 261.
Beautification – Parker reports a new Alligator Pt resident wants to present a re-landscape plan for the welcome garden.
Website – no report.
Social Committee – McCord is planning to a cookout at her house immediately following the August APSTA meeting.
June 9 Community Meeting to Discuss Road Repair/Protection:
Between 175-200 attendees. Mixed results in the vote results. Most people recognize the need to take action, however a significant number prefer to do nothing.
Boldt suggested APSTA present a meeting outcome statement to the Franklin County Commission. Feifer noted Alan Pierce presented the vote results to the Commission and their sentiment is to do nothing until there is agreement on a funding source for beach maintenance. Feifer believes one option is to enact an MSBU for one year prior to moving forward on beach renourishment, then in the second year the MSBU would end and a toll collection/parking fee would be instituted. If this failed to generate the required $250K, an MSBU could be reinstituted in order to cover the shortage.
J. Metts believes we should be concentrating on improving the temporary road first.
Parker reminded the Board that studies are required for both an MSBU and a toll road. The County should be asked to go forward with both studies.
McCloy feels it would go against the wishes of a significant number of Alligator Pt residents to encourage the County to move forward on any plan. He notes there is already some distrust in the community of APSTA’s intentions. Sosebee agrees and believes we need to review our bylaws to determine our authority in issues such as this.
Sean Kearns says the County needs to understand road protection is their problem. The past and future property losses due to erosion have a significant impact on the tax base, as does a decrease in property values. Feifer agrees but said the County has been made well aware of that fact.
Rippee asked if a formal report was available. McCloy said it was sent out to members. Rippee never received it.
Alligator Pt property owner, Bill McMillan has done some research on the situation. He found the following (unofficial) taxable properties…Alligator Pt (921), Bald Pt (280), St Teresa (657). If an MSBU were divided equally between all these, the total would fall under $200 per property. He believes an MSBU proposal should be presented to the County Commission following the November election. McMillan also looked into costs associated with installing a toll station. An automated system could be constructed for approximately $60,000.
Madigan feels a small working group should be created to flesh-out the details of McMillan’s proposals.
One of McMillan’s finding was that a traffic counter could be purchased for around $500. There was discussion regarding APSTA purchasing a counter in order to get some hard numbers to determine the feasibility of creating a toll road. Sosebee says we need to consider if the system would count axles and load information to determine which were private vehicles and which were commercial.
Without objection, Madigan appointed the following to a new working group…McMillan, Feifer, McCloy and Rippee. Additionally, Sosebee will serve in an advisory role.
On Motion by Feifer, seconded by McCord to spend up to $700 to purchase a traffic counter, was adopted without objection.
Kathy Yaeger asked if anyone had any ideas on how to deal with the dust created along the temporary section of Alligator Drive. The fact that money for a milled asphalt surface was approved, then withdrawn by the County Commission was discussed. Sosebee believes the temporary asphalt surface would have been funded by FEMA. Boldt was told by Howard Nabors the asphalt option was removed due to concerns over pollution should it end up on the beach or in the Gulf. Kearns suggested 10 APSTA members should attend every Commission meeting and speak on the situation until the County agrees to take action.
Feifer told the members that Board Member Ken Osborne has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently in rehab in Tallahassee. He is welcoming any visitors.
There being no further business, on Motion by Feifer that the meeting adjourn, was adopted without objection. The meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM.
John Murphy, Secretary
Terry Madigan President, Paul Parker 1st Vice president, Eddie Sosebee 2nd Vice President, John Murphy Secretary, Carol Rippee Treasurer
Board of Directors
Bert Boldt, Allan Feifer, Joe Hambrose, Marvin Heymann, Judy Lewis, Jim McCloy, Kay McCord, Jerry Metts,
Andrea Novak, Ken Osborne