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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRPICTi(RFt LAUS A-T )i
-Bartow, Florida October 8, 1969
The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida. Water Management District
(Regulatory) met in the Peace River Basin office in Bartow on October 8, 1969
at 9:45 A. M. The following persons were present:
Derrill McAteer, Chairman Myron G. Gibbons, Attorney
Edward Medard, Secretary L. M. Blain, Attorney
Arthur M. Pickard, Treasurer Col. H-. C. Gee, Consulting Engineer
John Anderson, Member Ted Reiter, Consulting Accountant
S. C. Bexley, Jr., Member Dale Twachtmann, Executive Director
Paul Hubbard, Member Donald Feaster, District Engineer
Robert Watson, Chief of Land Acquisition
Robert Gates, Superintendent of Maintenance
Garaid Parker, Chief of Hydrology Division
Clint Schultz, Chief of Fiscal Division
E. W. Bishop, Division of Interior Resources, DNR
Gary F. Bishop, Department of Natural Resources
Mickey D. Bryant, Department of Natural Resources, BWR
Bobby J. Timmons, Department of Natural Resources
Charles H. Gardner, International Mineral & Chemical Co.
Mrs. W. A. Dobbs, Water & Air Conservation Council
Mrs. Bradford Dorr, Water & Air Conservation Council
S. L. Presnell, USS Agrico-Chemical
Earl Wells, Florida Phosphate Council
James Carter, Watson & Company
Burl Dunlap, Florida Well Drillers Association
John W. Kriska, Florida Well Drillers Association
Garth S. Germond, Tampa Tribune
Tom Inglis, Tampa Tribune
Jeff Bruce, Tampa Times
Lucy Ware Morgan, St. Petersburg Times
James F. Mummey, Property Owners' League
Dwight Hart, Oklaxwaha
and the following SWFWMD staff members: Charles Miller, Emily Black, Bill
Connor, Jr., Carol Ezell, Sandra Polansky and Ann Black.
Chairman McAteer called the meeting to order. He then asked for approval of
the minutes of the meetings of August 13th and September 10th. Mr. Twachtmrnann
noted that the copies of the minutes of the September 10th meeting were rather
late in being mailed out and five minutes was allotted for members to individually
review the minutes. Mr. McAteer called for any questions or comments con-
cerning the Regulatory Board minutes. After study, Mr. Pickard moved that the
minutes of the August 13th meeting be approved. This motion was seconded by
Mr. Bexley and passed. Mr. Pickard then moved that the minutes of the Septem-
ber 10th meeting be approved. This motion was seconded by Mr. Anderson and
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Mr. McAteer then presented the well drillers bond form as preppared by the
legal staff. Mr. Gibbons stated the bond form had been amended so that it
emphasized that the District's purpose was to prevent violation by the well
driller for damage to the water resources. Mr. Twachtmann stated that many
of the drillers are concerned that the bond would cause problems if the owner,
who may have a disagreement with the driller, believes he can obtain satisfac-
tion by using the District's bond to force the driller to make adjustments in
the work. Mr. Twachtmann said that the District should not be involved in
that type of case. The bond is to see to it that when the District asks for com-
pliance with the rules and regulations that compliance will be forthcoming. Mr.
McAteer stated that this bond is not to protect the purchaser of a well. It is to
protect the water resources of the area. Mr. Gibbons stated it was the intent
of the bond to cover all employees of a company under one bond, therefore, a
Certificate of Bond Coverage is now provided for certification by the employer
that certain employees work for him. If any leave his employ, then he will
furnish in writing that they are no longer in his employ and no longer covered
Sunder his bond.
"After further discussion, Mr. Pickard moved that the bond be approved as
written. Motion seconded by Mr. Medard and passed.
Chairman McAteer stated that it was agreed at the last meeting to work with
the drillers in setting up a Well Drilling Advisory Committee and he asked Mr.
John Kriska, Executive Secretary of the Florida Well Drillers Association, to
follow carefully the recommendations concerning that committee. The Chair-
man then asked Mr. Twachtmann to read them aloud.
After the reading Mr. Kriska stated that as long as it is agreed that water is
our most vital resource and if qualified well drilling contractors of integrity
are chosen, they will be agreeable with the recommendations as presented.
Mr. Twachtmann pointed out that present estimates are that there will be
between 300 and 400 registered drillers in the District. According to Mr.
Kriska there are only approximately 75 members in the local area belonging
to the Florida Well Drillers Association. Mr. Twachtmann brought out the .
fact that it is the District's intent to get to those who do not belong to the
Association as well and this is the purpose in having names submitted from
both the Florida Well Drillers Association and from the rolls of registered
dr ille rs.
Mr. McAteer asked if having committee members designated as "Authorized
Persons" and paid per diem expenses was legal. Mr. Gibbons replied that
the District could do so and it would be appropriate.
Following the discussion, Mr. Pickard moved' that the Well Drilling Advisory
Committee be approved as recommended and that the implementation of the
recommendations be begun. The motion was seconded by Mr. Medard and
There being no further business to come before the Board at that time the .
meeting was adjourned at 10:15 A.M.