‘Stuff the Bus’ supply drive kicks off
The annual drive to ‘Stuff the Bus” has started, and will continue until Saturday, Aug. 16. All three Centennial Bank locations in Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Apalachicola, and the Cadence Bank location in Apalachicola, have boxes for collection.
Items needed for students include backpacks, pencils #2, cap erasers, pens - blue and black, red pens, Expo markers, Highlighters, glue sticks, colored pencils, 24-count crayons, 3-ring one-inch binders (not flexible, single color), tab dividers for 3-ring binders (5 per pack), folders with two pockets, multi-colored card stock, white and colored index cards, wide-ruled loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, construction paper and scissors
Items on teachers’ wish lists are white copy paper, Clorox wipes, Kleenex, white and colored index cards, yellow plastic pocket folders, electric pencil sharpener, dry erase markers, and colored and black ink for printers, in cartridge sizes HP950XL, HP951XL, andHP564
Free back to school haircuts
Dorothy Cooper at the Clipper Shop, 130 Avenue F in Apalachicola, will offer free haircuts for children grades K-12 returning to school. Free haircut day is Monday, Aug. 11. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Haircuts are on a first come, first served basis.
Donations needed for school clothes
School t-shirts are now on sale at the Franklin County School, 1250 US98 in Eastpoint. The shirts cost $6 new.
Unfortunately, spokesperson Connie Sawyer said that many students do not have the money to purchase new shirts for fall. She asks that anybody having used shirts bring them to her. She is also seeking school supplies and children’s shoes of any size. Donations of money are also welcome. Anyone wanting more information can call 670-2800. Donations can be dropped off at the Franklin County School or at the Times office 129 Commerce Street in Apalachicola.
Thompson Consulting alternate debris monitor
At their July 16 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to name Thompson Consulting Services of Pensacola and Lake Mary as the standby debris monitor after disasters. The county’s primary contractor is Rostan Solutions LLC, of Tampa and West Harrison, NY.
Cities must pay tipping fees
On July 16, Emergency Management Director Pam Brownell told county commissioners Apalachicola and Carrabelle must pay tipping fees at the landfill if the county wants reimbursement from FEMA for emergency debris disposal.
“We cannot get reimbursed from FEMA for final disposal of their debris if we don’t charge them a tipping fee on a regular basis,” she said.
Brownell said the county lost $24,000 after Tropical Storm Debbie due to the cost of disposing of city debris.
“We need something in place or the $24,000 we lost with Debbie will be minimal compared to what we would stand to lose in a major storm,” she said. “The cities I believe have their own debris contractors and the tipping fees are a reimbursable charge for them, so they don’t lose money but we don’t either, but that money could help offset the cost of equipment replacement for solid waste.”
Brownell suggested the commission might charge the cities a set annual fee.
In a telephone interview, Director of Solid Waste Fonda Davis said he was concerned that charging the cities a fee would create more work for the county.
“The cities help us out a lot when they pick up their own roadside debris and bring it to the landfill.” He said. “If we start charging them a tipping fee, they may decide to leave everything for the county to pick up.”
Commissioner Smokey Parrish said he supported the fee. Commissioner William Massey said having to pay for debris by the ton would “devastate” the municipalities.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders asked Brownell to approach Apalachicola and Carrabelle city staff and explain the situation to them.
Brownell said she would do so and bring a recommendation for fees back to the first August meeting.
Nearly 1300 oyster licenses sold
The county’s Sea Grant agent Erik Lovestrand said 1,270 oyster-harvesting licenses have been sold for the 2014 season. He said 400 were sold over the last two days of sale, June 29 and 30.
This year, commercial oystermen were required by the Food and Drug Administration to take a 20-minute training video provided free of charge by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Planning and zoning requests approved
On July 16, county commissioners unanimously approved five requests for construction permits and granted one special exception.
They approved a request to construct a single 32x12 family dock located at McIntyre Road in Section 10, Township 6 South, Range 3 West, east of Carrabelle, Franklin County, Florida and a request to construct a 295x4 single-family pier at Lot 16, Bay Palm Village, 1415 Evodia Ct., St. George Island.
They also approved a request to construct a single 250x4 family dock at 153 Harbor Circle, Alligator Point.
They approved a commercial site plan for a 10-slip commercial dock as a principal use in the C-1 District on property located at 530 US Highway 98 IN Eastpoint.
They approved a plat change for a three-lot subdivision named Pine View Cove 2.
Finally, they agreed to a request for a special exception to locate a telecommunication tower on a 100x100 sq, ft parcel located at 3567 US Highway 98, SummerCamp, St. Teresa.
Assistant County Planner Mark Curenton said ATT, the owners of the tower, have agreed to allow the county to mount a repeater on the structure, rent-free, to alleviate some communication problems for county emergency response personnel.
Meagan Robins, an ATT spokesperson, said the tower has a fall zone of 119 feet and a setback of 450 feet so there is no risk it will fall and block the highway. She said the structure is designed to collapse halfway down before falling.
Grant agreements signed
At the July 16 county meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept two grant agreements received from the state.
The first was from the Division of Emergency Management for the reroofing of the jail. The grant amount was $582,528. The county will pay a $194,176 match. The finance office has the match budgeted in the fine and forfeiture fund. Assistant County Planner Mark Curenton said the new roof would be fabric membrane construction similar to the roof on the courthouse.
The second grant for $50,000 came from the Department of Environmental Protection for improvements at Vrooman Park, which include relocating the T-ball field, expanding the children’s playground and providing netting to catch foul balls.
Commissioners also voted unanimously to accept $122,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation to partially pay for the box culvert on Bluff Road. The total cost of installing the box culvert is $195,313. The board previously approved taking the additional $73,313 needed to pay for the box culvert from Commissioner Smokey Parrish’s road paving funds.
Mosquito agreement approved
On July 16, commissioners unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Franklin County mosquito control. This MOU allows the county to trap mosquitoes and send them to FDACS for identification at no cost to the county.
Abercrombie contract awarded
Commissioners voted unanimously to award the contract for building new docks at the Abercrombie Boat Ramp to the low bidder, H. G. Harder and Son, Inc. of Panama City. The bid was $94,495. Money for the project will be provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife conservation Commission boating improvement fund.
Pit Stop to serve wine and beer
At the July 10 Carrabelle meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to issue a beer and wine license to the Pit Stop, 1637 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle. The restaurant recently reopened with an expanded dining room under new management.
$500 for youth fishing tourney
At their regular monthly meeting July 10, Carrabelle commissioners voted unanimously to donate $500 to support the C-Quarters Youth Fishing Tournament. This year’s tourney was held on J