Levy BOCC to discuss turnpike, boat removal

The Levy County Board of County Commissioners will address an agenda on Tuesday that includes correspondence with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) regarding turnpike extensions.

The regular meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Levy County Government Center auditorium in Bronson and can also be accessed via phone by dialing 1-571-317-3112 and using access code 705-809-189 starting at 8:40 a.m.

Items of interest in the agenda include the BOCC recognizing the UF/IFAS Extension Office for winning the 2021 Statewide Peanut Butter Challenge.

Ryan Asmus of the FDOT will present the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to consider improvements to US Highway 19 from Red Level in Citrus County to NW 140th Street in Chiefland.

Yankeetown Mayor Jack Schofield is requesting the BOCC’s approval to obtain and install a historic marker at the Bird Creek Bridge on CR 40. Elvis Presley filmed scenes for the movie, “Follow That Dream,” on the bridge.

The BOCC will also consider the final adoption of a Zoning Map Atlas that will contain zoning district designation for a real property located within the unincorporated areas of Levy County.

According to the agenda, staff have been using the application of the default zoning F/RR (forestry/rural residential) which has, “Led to issues with the application of zoning regulations to particular parcels, and created uncertainty as to development rights and specific uses allowed on individual parcels. The map will repair things that have plagued the Planning and Zoning staff, property owners and other professionals such as developers, realtors, etc.”

Planning and Zoning Director Stacey Hectus discussed the map.

“This adoption will give them clarity as they do assessments on land. Once we have an adopted map it will be uploaded to the Levy County Property Appraiser’s site, along with our Comprehensive Plan, for one-stop information gathering on parcels in Levy County,” Hectus said in the agenda.

BOCC Procurement Coordinator Alicia Tretheway is requesting that the BOCC approve the lowest bid for the Derelict Vessel Removal project. Atlantic & Gulf Maritime LLC of Horseshoe Beach bid $288,750 to remove seven dilapidated vessels in waterways throughout the county in the next 90 days.

James Harrell, director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, is asking for approval of a Florida Department of Health EMS Matching Grant Application approval to procure $300,000 for ventilators and service agreements to be available on each Levy County public safety ambulance.

Currently there are zero in service and the only two units have been deemed outdated and unusable. The county share would be 25 percent of the request which is $75,000.

“Ventilators enhance the service’s ability to accurately deliver the proper respiration to intubated patients during long transports,” the application states.

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