Town of Glen St. Mary 

Florida's Outstanding Rural Community of the Year-2004

January 21, 2014

The Town of Glen St. Mary held the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall with Council Members Davis, Foster, Rhynehardt, and Reneau present.  Mayor Juanice Padgett presided over the meeting and Council Member Davis opened the meeting with prayer followed by the flag salute.

Public Hearing:

A)    Special Exception Request - Councilman Stephen Rhynehardt and his wife Brenda Rhynehardt has requested a Special Exception for Block 13 to allow a Doublewide Mobile Home to be placed on their Property for Brenda’s Mother to live in due to her Age and declining Health. - Mayor Padgett asked if anyone had any comments or questions.  No one from the public had a comment regarding the special exception request.

Mayor Padgett closed the public hearing and opened the regular monthly meeting.

Minutes:  Consideration – Approval of minutes of December 17, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting:  On a motion by Councilman Foster, second by Councilman Rhynehardt, the Board voted to approve the minutes as presented. (Vote 5-0)

Policy Agenda Items:

A)    Vote to Allow Special Exception for Rhynehardt Request – Mayor Padgett told Council the Land Development Codes currently allow property owners to replace mobile homes within six months.  If not, they are required to go back through a Special Exception process.  Mayor Padgett has said in the past she will not vote on another mobile home in the Town.  She doesn’t want to start a precident.  She checked with the County and found they have a medical hardship stipulation within their codes stating that when the resident ceases to reside there, the property owner would be required to remove the mobile home.  She was not sure about regulations on the size and setbacks.  Mayor Padgett asked Attorney Foreman to give his advice on this matter.  Attorney Foreman stated a medical hardship stipulation similar to the County, adding the property owner would need to remove the mobile home from the property when the hardship ceased to exist.  This would also reduce the risk of precident being set.  This would require a schedule to occasionally check in to see if the hardship still exists.  He also stated the phrasing of such would need to be included in the minutes.  Councilman Rhynehardt was concerned with the stipulation of ninety days to remove the mobile home once the medical hardship ceased.  He then told Council they are looking to have a permanent foundation under the home.  Attorney Foreman told Council that is another matter.  A Modular home is considered to be a permanent fixture Mayor Padgett asked about the permanent foundation.  Councilman Rhynehardt explained they are set on a foundation like a site-built home, only they are built off-site and brought in and assembled.  Councilman Foster confirmed they are considered a permanent home.  Attorney Foreman told Council there is no need for a Special Exception given the new plan for a modular home instead of a mobile home.  The property owner has enough property to address this as a separate new site built home type of process.  Councilman Rhynehardt explained they started looking at modular homes after they had already applied for the special exception for a mobile home.  Since Attorney Foreman told Council there was no need for action, Mayor addressed the issue that though they had paid the application fee of $250, there were costs incurred for advertising in the Baker County Press and certified letters that had been sent out to surrounding property owners.  Attorney Foreman told Council they are within their rights to refund the difference between the application fee and the costs incurred.  On a motion by Councilman Foster, second by Council Member Davis, the Board voted to issue a refund of the difference between the application fee and the costs incurred. Councilman Rhynehardt did not vote. (Vote 4-0)

B)    Review Prior Month’s Expenditures (Check Register) – Council had no questions about the prior month’s expenditures.

Councilman Rhynehardt asked about the Vystar ATM.  Mayor Padgett replied the ATM has been installed, but is not yet operational.

On a motion by Councilman Rhynehardt, second by Council Member Davis, the Town meeting was adjourned at 7:28 P.M.

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