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10/12/12

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FACING A DEADLINE A slide in a PowerPoint presentation provided to the County Commission on Oct. 9 offers back- ground on the need for a road impact fee update. Image courtesy Sarasota County COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REBUKE STAFF OVER DELAY IN OBTAINING NEW ROAD IMPACT FEE DATA By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Voicing frustration over a looming deadline, the Sarasota County Commission on Oct. 9 unanimously directed county staff to bring to the board within 45 days a report on proposed new road impact fees determined by using current cost information and existing county methodology. The discussion prompted a rare rebuke from Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Mason, who told Clarke Davis, general manager of Public Works Department planning for the county, "I typically have a problem with heartburn, but what gives me more heartburn is when this board asks for staff to work with those outside of county government" and that is not done. Mason, Chairwoman Christine Robinson and Commissioner Joe Barbetta all reminded Da- vis that, shortly after Robinson was appoint- ed to the board in late 2010, the commission directed staff to work with representatives of local construction and trade organizations to get updated data regarding impact fees. Davis acknowledged that staff had not done so. Mason told County Administrator Randall Reid, "I hope, going forward, that you will make sure" staff follows board directives.

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