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Publication Date: June 10, 1994
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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 11 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 June 25 June 1994

Auditor General Of

Florida Issues

Stinging Report On

Franklin County

District School Board

Don't panic. The Franklin County District School Board is still solvent.
To read only the summary of the latest audit of the Franklin County
District School Board is to obtain only a partial picture of school
finances, from the point-of-view of the Auditor General, including their
perspective on accounting practices and some confusing regulations.
The summary statements of their audit for the fiscal year ending 30
June 1993 brought forward conclusions of "material weaknesses" in
the District's internal control structure, excess cash on hand at times,
non-reconciliation of property records with some financial records,
cited problems with food service money at District Schools, inadequate
separation of duties in preparing payrolls, overpayment of about
$38,000 for a six-year period to a maintenance employee, bond record
discrepancies, overspending in three funds by several hundreds of
thousands of dollars, and some record-keeping discrepancies. The
report was released on 19 May 1994.
On Monday afternoon, 23 May 1994, Chronicle Publisher Tom Hoffer
met with School Superintendent Charles T. Ponder and District
Finance Officer John Reiman to discuss the findings of the audit for the
fiscal year ending 30 June 1993.
The full text of the summary paragraphs of the Auditor General's
report to the District School Board is presented below in full margin of
the two columns. When appropriate, either summary statements or
quotations from Mr. Ponder or Mr. Reiman are contained in boxes, in
order to explain their response to that section of the audit.
There is one important observation to be made in reviewing the
summaryoftheAuditor General's (AG) statements. There are differences
of opinion concerning certain rules and procedures used in the
auditing process. Some of the items labeled "discrepancies" are more
the result of "paper chase" delays caused by lack of administrative
personnel at the District level, resulting in delayed Implementation of
certain procedures. The process contains heavy jargon unique to the
auditing community and educator administrators but in the interest
of accuracy, the Chronicle has reprinted the exact language contained
in the report. In sum, despite the jargon and the opinions about
process and procedures, most of the venom from the AG report can be
removed from the "cited discrepancies."
Financial Statements
AG: We found that the District's general purpose financial statements
fairly presented its financial position as of June 30, 1993, and the
results of its operations for the fiscal year then ended, except for the
financial position and results of operations of its Expendable Trust
Funds. Ourauditdid not, as contemplated by State Board ofEducation
Rule 6A- 1.087, FloridaAdministrative Code, extend to an examination
of the District's school internal funds, reported as Expendable Trust
Funds in the Fiduciary Fund Types. Accordingly, we do not express an
opinion on the financial position or. results of operations of those

School District Finance Officer John Reiman
John Reiman (JR): Internal funds are those which the schools for
example, earn money for taking in gate receipts for a basketball
game...Those funds stay at the school." The Auditor General
oes not examine internal funds which they say are reported
as Expendable Trust Funds, and the fiduciary fund types...
We are required to report it as that, but they don't audit it We
must either have an internal auditor do it or hire a CPA to do
those audits...
They're not expected to audit that. Why they say they don't I
don't know. But that's what that amounts to. They're not
required, they're not supposed to audit. They say they didn't.
Internal Control Structure
AG: District personnel have established and implemented procedures
which generally provide for internal control of District operations;
however, our examination of the District's internal control structure
disclosed certain deficiencies which we considered to be "reportable
conditions" as defined by generally accepted auditing standards. The
combination of these reportable conditions resu ted in material
weaknesses in the District's internal control structure. Specific
deficiencies noted included the following:
* AG: The Florida Department of Education, Office of Educational
Facilities (OEF), has developed a Project Disbursement
Request Report form (OEF 442) for use by recipients of Public
Education Capital Outlay (PECO) moneys to report
expenditures and to request funds for estimated future
expenditures. Our review disclosed that the Project
Disbursement Reauest Reports for PECO allocations did not
Continued on page 7

Two days of arts, crafts, gumnoo cooking, more food and Palsy. Now named the Yamaha Marine Big Bend Saltwater
activities, including sky diving rides, will begin Saturday, Classic, the tournament begins one day ahead of the
18 June 1994 and continue through Sunday, 19 June, at Carrabelle Waterfront Festival, on Friday, 17 June when
the Annual Carrabelle Waterfront Festival in Carrabelle on first lines are scheduled for the water at 5:30 A.M. The
Marine Street. The event coincides with the widely Moorings Marina in Carrabelle with be the Command Post
advertised Sixth Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic, for the Yamaha Tournament. Registration for the
benefitting the Organization for Artificial Reefs, the Florida Tournament will begin in Tallahassee at the Sheraton Hotel
Wildlife Federation and the Dick Howser Center for Cerebral at 6:30 P.M. Thursday, 16 June.





From 1987

to 1993

The recent Auditor General's
report on the Franklin County
District School Board has revealed
an overpayment to a District
employee by approximately
$38,000. The matter has been
changed as a result of School
Board action in early 1994.
The Auditor General's report cited
this discrepancy as follows:
"We noted thatan employee,
hired on November 7,1987,
as a.. .maintenance worker,
was compensated using the
administrative salary
schedule. This discrepancy
has continued each year
resulting in the employee
being overpaid
approximately $38,000
from November 7, 1987
through December 31,
1993. We recommend that
the Board take the
necessary action to rectify
the compensation paid to
this employee."
The Chronicle reviewed the entire
list of discrepancies in the recent
report, including the overpayment
issue. John Reiman, District
Finance Officer, discovered the
error in late 1987 and went to
Superintendent Tucker. She
instructed Reiman to leave the
employee on the administrative
salary schedule. Superintendent
Charles T. Ponder said, "It came
to my attention, too. My position
was that the Superintendent (Mrs.
Tucker) had taken certain actions
in placing people on different levels
on salary schedules and...I didn't
feel it was my position to change
what had been done. That's the
. position I took. In fact, the school
board attorney (Ms. Barbara
Sanders) also got involved and
wrote an opinion to the Board."
The Chronicle obtained the 31
January 1994 correspondence
about the matter and quotes from
Ms. Sander's letter.

St. George Utility Rate
Case.... .p. 2
Apalachicola City.........p. 2
Toxic Waste Round-Up
p.............................. 2
Plane Crash...............p. 6
Astro Table...............p. 6
Emerald Coast Hospital
Interview p. 4
Editorial &
Commentary ..........p. 3
Conclusion of Wayne
Coloney Pre-Filed
Testimony........ p. 8
Apalachicola P & Z......p.10
Lanark Village Water &
Sewer..................... 9
Consumer News You Can
Use (Judy
Corbus)..............p. 10

Motion Hearing
Held In First-
Degree Murder


By Carol Ann Hawkins
Michael Alan Schubert, 43,
charged in Franklin County with
first-degree murder in the 1993
shooting death of a 21-year-old
Spring Grove, Minnesota man,
appeared before the Honorable P.
Kevin Davey in Second Circuit
Court at the Franklin County
Courthouse on Monday, 6 June
for a motion hearing. Schubert
was represented by Assistant

Continued on page 8 Continued on page 6

Mayor Carleton Wathen (right) called to order the Carrabelle
City Commission for their monthly meeting on Monday, 6
June 1994, promptly at 7 P.M. He led the commission
through an 18-item agenda of old and new business in only
1.25 hours. Pictured at the left is Commissioner "Buz"
Putnal. Rene Topping has reported the highlights of the
meeting elsewhere in this paper.



By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City commissioners
decided Monday 6 June to
postpone four items on the agenda.
They tabled two until their next
regular meeting, and will deal with
the other two at special meetings.
All the commissioners felt that
the Budget Workshop should be a
special meeting and set the time
for Wednesday, 22 June at 7 p.m.
They decided they had insufficient
information to deal with a
termination of the employment of
Carrabelle Police Department
Officer Jep D. Smith and decided
to hold a special meeting on that
matter on 15 June at 7 p.m.
The commissioners voted to table
any action on support of a grant
application from Northwest
Florida Regional Housing
Authority (NFRHA) for work on
the low-rent housing they have in
the city, and will ask for more
information. The units are the two
blocks of brick housing in two
areas of the city. Commissioner
Tom Loftin said that the NFRHA
apparently have $184,318.00 In
grants and were trying to establish
priorities in repairing the homes
they manage in the area.
Commissioners questioned as to
who actually owned the homes.

This matter sparked some lively
discussion. One local resident,
Ruby Litton, a local real estate
broker and owner of Carrabelle
Realty gave her opinion, saying
that she felt the housing was going
to be here and there was a choice
of what to do. "The third- party
owner should not bear on whether
the homes in this area are
reworked or rehabbed, because
we are going to have them here
one way or the other. We are
either going to have them looking
like junkpiles or we're going to
have them here being cleaned up
and kept maintained and looking
decent. If theydon'tgetthe money
to spend on the ones in Carrabelle,
they are going to spend the money
inApalach, or Eastpoint, or where
ever they are at, and ours are just
going to sit here looking like
umps." The matter will be taken
up at the next regular meeting.
Commissioners also felt that they
needed more information on a
request from the Apalachee
Regional PlanningCouncil (ARPC)
for an estimate of the amount to
be expended on the
program. This matter will be
reviewed at the next meeting.
Don Lively was the lone bidder on
reroofing the city hall with a bid
amount of $6,300.00. Raymond
Williams said that there was
around $6,000.00 leftofthe money
the city received after the spring
storm that did damage all along
Continued on page 10

Pa,n ? IfI Tune 1Qod The Franklin Countv Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Public Counsel Files

Testimony In St.

George Utility Rate

Increase; Projected

Expenses Termed


Ms. Kimberly H. Dismukes, an employee of the Florida Office of the
Public Counsel, has submitted her testimony to the public file in the
St George Island Utility rate case on 25 May 1994. In Docket No.
940109-WU, across 76 pages, Ms. Dismukes discussed the current
rate proposals in relation to a recently dismissed case, the Utility's
relationship with its affiliates, some recommendations for adjustments
to the company's test year revenues and expenses, the rate base
Issues, capital structure issues, revenue requirements of the utility,
and commentary on the Public Service Commission staff audit of the
St. George Utility.
Dismukes described the proposed rate increase, a 110% increase over
a previously requested increase (since disapproved), largely the result
of operation and maintenance expenses of $207,125 and in this
category, the $85,091 is in contractual services, citing compliance
with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements.
Another category within the contractual services is the $48,000
management fee for the services of Gene Brown. As part of this
category, the utility is also requesting the increase in order to pay, in
part, for a projected $30,000 fire protection study.
Dismukes' pre-filed testimony read, in part-
Q. Letts turn to t he first section of your testimony. Would'
ou compare the instant rate request to the one requested
y the Company in Docket 930770-WU?
A. Certainly. I have made this comparison on schedule 1 of my
exhibit. As shown on this schedule, in Docket No. 930770-
WU, the Company requested a rate increase of $203,512. In
the instant case, the Company has requested a rate increase
of $428,201. This represents an increase of $224,689, or
110%, over the request made just a few months earlier. A
comparison between the two cases shows that the Company's
requested rate base has decreased by $12,047, its revenues
have stayed the same, and its operation and maintenance
expenses have increased by $207,125.
Q. Did something extraordinary happen to cause the
Company's rate request to'increase by so much?
A. No. The test year in both cases is theesame-December 31,
1992. The rate base is largely the same and the test year
revenue level did not change. The major part of the increase
can be attributed to numerous proforma adjustments made
to the Company's test year operating expenses.
Schedule 2 of my exhibit sets forth the detail of the expense
increases requested by the Company. As shown on this
schedule, the largest increase, $85,091, is in the category
contractual services-other. Most of this increase relates to
expenses the Company alleges it will incur to complywith the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements.
For example, the Company alleges that DEP has mandated
that immediate arrangements be made for a ground storage
maintenance program. The Utility has estimated that its
storage maintenance program will cost $22,409 a year.
Likewise, SGU has increased its water testing expenses by
$23,909 because of alleged DEP requirements for increased
and more reliable water quality testing.

Gene Brown

The next largest increase, $48,000, is in the category
contractual services-management This increase represents
a management fee for the services of Gene Brown.
The Company has also increased expenses for the amortization
of several studies, which SGU claims are necessitated by the
requirements of the DEP or the Northwest Florida Water
Management District. The Company has estimated that
another system analysis will cost approximately $15,852 per
year, that a revised system map, plus amortization of the
initial system map, will cost about $6,310 per year, that an
aerator analysis will cost $4,290 per year, and that a
hydrology study will cost $9,000 per year. In addition, the
Company is requesting $6,000 per year to conduct a $30,000
fire protection study. In total these adjustments are $34,674
higher than they were in the case that was dismissed.
Another notable increase, $27,824, is in the category of
pensions and benefits. This expense increase is claimed for
health insurance, the addition of a pension plan, and for
., employee education and training.
The differences between the instant rate request and the one
that was dismissed by the Commission is largely, if not
entirely, related to the Company's additional proforma
Q. This seems excessive. Have you evaluated any other
information which suggests that the Company's expense
levels are extravagant?
A. Yes, I have. I have made two comparisons of the Company's
expense levels to those of other Class B utilities in the State
of Florida. The first comparison, shown on schedule 3,
compares the O&M expenses requested by the Company to
the O&M expenses allowed by the Commission in two recent
Class B rate cases-Jasmine Lakes Utilities Corporation
(Jasmine Lakes) and Mad Hatter Utility, Inc. (Mad Hatter).
Since these two utilities are of a size similar to the Company
and the Commission just recently evaluated their operation
and maintenance expenses for reasonableness, a comparison
of their expense levels to that of SGU is informative. As shown
on this schedule, even though SGU is the smallest of the
three utilities examined, its requested level of expenses is
considerably higher than Mad Hatter or Jasmine Lakes. For
example, on a per-ERC (Equivalent Residential Connection)
basis, the Commission allowed Jasmine Lakes to recover
total O&M expenses of $209 per ERC. The Commission
allowed Mad Hatter to recover $162 per ERC. These compare
to the Company's request of $547 per ERC.
Q. Aren't there differences between the utilities that
would explain these large discrepancies?
A. While there are certainly differences between the utilities that
would explain some variation between the SGU figures and
the figures for the industry average, such large discrepancies
should be carefully examined by the Commission. The sheer
magnitude of the difference in cost per customer between the
average Class B water utility and St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd. should alarm the Commission. The
Commission should carefully and thoroughly evaluate those
Continued on page 10

Mayor Bobby Howell

City Commission
Says "Yes" To
Workshop With
Trash Removal
Services And
"No" To Church
Services In The


met on 7 June to discuss a range
of topics including a community
center request, the replacement
of a resigning Cemetery and Parks
Department employee and a
controversial Planning and Zoning
agenda item.
The commission meeting lifted off
with a land development
regulation (LDR) request ofJimm
Nichols being temporarily shelved.
In the request, Mayor Howell asked
commissioner Wallace Hill to
study the plan and confer with
Mr. Nichols and himself on the
feasibility of the request. Nichols'
request was followed by a request
from Bob Horn to begin work on a
limerock parking area. Horn's
request was approved,
In other business, Argus (trash
removal) Services' representative,
Jane Dukes, asked for and was
granted a workshop meeting with
the City Commission on 16 June
at 5 PM at the City Hall to discuss
problems and solutions to the
county's trash removal situation.
Dukes stated, "I don't know of any
better way to find if the citlzens
are happywith the services they've I
received than to speak with them
directly." Mayor Howell considered
the issue a top priority and stated,
"I have no problem with city
commissioners sitting in at this,
In the Planning and Zoning report,
Franklin Press' request to add
seven additional posts to
strengthen an existing roof was
met with opposition by attending
Planning and Zoning member,
Rev. Thomas Banks. "If you
notice," said Banks, "the city is
taking on a new face. At the same
time," he continued, "most parts'
look like shanty town now, with
that...I'd like to ask permission to
instigate an ordinance that would
not allow anybody to support their
property with posts on the street,
because the way I see it, even
though they (the businesses) sign
a letter, that's the city's property.
And, if someone would get hurt,
they would sue the city."
Mayor Howell and Commissioner
Hill agreed that since permission
had already been given to other
businesses to put up support
posts, a precedence had been set
and it would not be fair to bar the
Franklin Press from doing what
other businesses had already been
permitted to do. "The only way to
break a precedent," insisted
Banks, "is to set an ordinance."
Commissioners Frye and Hill
stated that Franklin Press owner,
Jig Zigarelli, had already begun
work on the support posts and
that halting him in mid-progress
would be more damaging. "If you
were to make an ordinance as
this," said City Attorney, Patrick
Floyd, "it may not be worth the
paper it's written on." Howell
concurred, "and it would probably.
be over-turned by the next
administration." Banks contested,
"All you have to be concerned
about is what you do in your own
administration." After continued
discussion, Rev. Banks requested
that the matter be tabled for
further consideration and the.
commission obliged.
Concerning Hartland Christian
Center's request to use the
Community Center, Wallace Hill
made a motion to deny the request
and stated, "If we open this up to
one, then we'll have to offer it to
everyone and I don't think that
this is the proper place to hold
church services...not that I'm
opposed to it (church services).'
The commission voted
unanimously to deny the request.
Concerning the replacement for
Jim Switzer, a Cemetery and Parks
Department employee, the
commission voted to hire Wilbur
Bellew. Mr. Switzer, who attended
the meeting, asked if the
commission had made any action
on his letter of complaint against
city worker, Edward Branch.
Mayor Howell stated, "The prison
Continued on page 10

until both vehicles were removed.
Awrecker dispatched from Terry's
Garage in Eastpoint, driven by
Charles Sorenson, removed
Means' vehicle, and according to
Terry Brannan, owner of the
Eastpoint garage, Causey and a
friend who owns a pick-up truck
removed Causey's truck from the
Means was charged with violation
of a traffic-controlled device (the
traffic light that controls the flow
of traffic while repairs are being
made to the bridge). Both drivers
were using seat belts. Trooper
Haire was assisted by the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office, Franklin
County EMS, and the Florida
Marine Patrol.


< WE 8AM-


Toxic Waste

and Tire



for 18 June

Area residents will soon have an
opportunity to safely and easily
dispose of dangerous chemicals,
fluids and other materials lurking
in their garages and kitchens when
Franklin County conducts its
Toxic Waste Round-up on
Saturday, 18 June.
Hazardous household waste could
become a serious problem in North
Florida, according to Van
Johnson, Franklin County Solid
Waste Director. "When people
dump toxic wastes down the drain
or bury them, they can find their
way into the area's water supply,"
Johnson said. "Florida's high
water table makes it vulnerable to
drinking water contamination
from toxic substances."
The Third Annual Waste Tire
Amnesty Day will be held in
conjunction with the Toxic Waste
Round-up. Summer in the South
is synonymous with mosquitoes.
Since swatting at them will not
make them disappear, Waste Tire
AmnestyDay provides an excellent
way to get rid of one of the most
common breeding sites for
mosquitoes used tires.
"This year, we also want to
encourage people to help cutback
on Franklin County's annual
mosquito problem by dropping off
their used tires along with their
household hazardous wastes,"
Johnson said. "The Toxic Waste
Round-up and Waste Tire
Amnesty Day will give people the
opportunity to clean out their
homes, garages and sheds and do
something good for the
environment at the same time."
Franklin County residents are
urged to round-up their household
wastes and old tires and bring
them to the Toxic Waste Round-
up and Waste Tire Amnesty Day
for proper disposal. The Round-
up will take place in Eastpoint,
3/4 of a mile north of U.S. 98 on
Highway 65 at the Central Landfill,
from 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
There is no charge for disposal of
up to 100 pounds of hazardous
waste from each household.
Hazardous waste generated by
small businesses will be accepted
with prior approval for an at-cost
fee. Call ahead for an estimate.
Standard car and pick-ulip truck
tires, up to 10 tires per family, will
also be accepted free of charge.
INeighborhood and civic
associations can make special
arrangements for delivering more
than 10 tires; however, no tires
will be accepted from businesses.
For more information, call
Franklin County's Solid Waste
Department at 670-8167.

Wreck On

St. George
Tsland Bridge




By Carol Ann Hawkins
Michael Means, 44, of Eastpoint,
was injured Monday, 6 June, in a
head-on collision in the
construction zone of the St George
Island Bridge. According to a
Florida (FHP) Highway Patrol
(Eastpoint) report, the accident
occurred at 12:51 P.M. when a
north-bound 1978 Ford pick-up
truck driven by Victor Causey,
40, also of Eastpoint, approached
the north end of the construction
zone and Means pulled out into
the north-bound lane. Means was
transported to Emerald Coast
Hospital by Franklin County
Ambulance Service with injuries
to both legs.
Damage to Causey's truck was
estimated at $2,500, and damage
to Means' 1986 Ford 4-door was
estimated at $4,000. FHP reported
that Trooper J. L. Haire remained
at the scene for over two hours

Folks Realty, Inc.
1000 East U.S. 98 P.O. Box F
Carrabelle FL 32322 (904) 697-2332
"We fike showing the area we chose to live in."

READY TO MOVE INTO 1990 Redman DW, 1248 sq.ft.
Total Electric, CH&A, Large Master Bedroom & Bath,
Vaulted Ceilings, Lots of Cabinet & Closet Space, Well
insulated for energy efficiency and completely furnished,
including Washer/Dryer, Window Treatments, & Bed
Linens. On two lots w/city W&S.................. $42,000

Hooked on Books

Gibson Inn Annex
54 Market Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

Owners: Pete & Rachel Roman 653-2420

Splendor in the ass
Fine Custom Stained Glass by
Entryways & Windows for Homes, Offices, Churches
Cabinet Door Inserts, Lampshades & Gifts
Repairs & Restorations
Call for On-Site Estimates & Repairs Competitive Prices

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Snow Cook House
P.O. Box 671


Antiques & Collectibles
Weldon C. Vowell
Highway 98 at 4th Street
(904) 697-3539 Carrabelle, Florida 32322

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle 10 June 1994 Page 3

Editorial and Commentary

Franklin County

Juvenile Justice

Council Is Paving The

Way For, Our Children,

Tomorrow's Leaders

By Ms. Sandra Lee Johnson, Chairperson
On 28 April 1994, more than 20 people attended the motivation and
organization meeting that was held in Carrabelle. Of those people in
attendance, there was little to no representation from every segment
of the county communities. Out of all the Black people in Franklin
County, excluding myself, there were only two others in attendance.
There were only two people from the whole of Eastpoint in attendance.
There was one person from Lanark Village. The majority of the people
were Whites from Carrabelle and Apalachicola.
On one occasion, as I explained the purpose of the Council to a person,
I was told that some people would want to know: What's in it for them?
My answer to the question, "What's in it for you?" is that you have a
golden opportunity to come forth and do something to make a difference
in the lives of your own children.
Children can't wait until we are not too busy! Social problems don't
stop ust because we are too tired to deal with them! The cry for "HELP"
from children is not going to cease just because we may not have
enough courage to "TAKE CHARGE!" It doesn't make much sense to
continue to expect the government to be responsible for solving our
problems. The government is telling us that we have to make an effort
to do something to help ourselves. If we ignore our children's plea for
help NOWwhen they NEED us, theywill ignore our plea for help LATER
when we NEED them. Ifwe close our minds and our eyes to the ills that
are plaguing our children NOW, they will surely close their minds and
eyes to the ills that may plague us LATER.
There have been many programs and projects that were implemented
in the past. We must look at those and determine which ones proved
to be effective. Iftheywere not effective, we musttry something else and
continue to try something else until we find that project which proves
to work best in accomplishing our goals. "IF WE CONTINUE TO DO
GET WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS GOTTEN." There are, however, no
guarantees that, if we do something different, it will be the answer. We
won t know until we try! If we try and it doesn't work, we simply try
something else. The failure lies in deciding to do nothing, or in waiting
to see what others are going to do, or in sitting back and allowing
others to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves.
Delinquency and dysfunctionalism are not capable of discrimination.
It doesn't matter that you are Black, White, Old, Young, Rich, Poor,
Blind, Crippled or Crazy, these problems of delinquency and
dysfunctionalism can touch your lives. It is better to TAKE CHARGE
and rally together for the express purpose of creating a plan of attack.

Sandra Lee Johnson

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 904-385-0830

Vol. 3, No. 11

10 June 1994

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager Brian Goercke
Columnists Judy Corbus
Contributors Ernest Reider
...........Rene Topping
............Paul Jones
............Lee McKnight
.............Carole Ann Hawkins
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer
.............Eric Steinkuehler
Sales Staff ..................
Brian Goercke (653-9584)
Will Morris (697-2519)
Betty Roberts (697-3506)
Tom Hoffer Tallahassee
(904-385-4003 or
Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple,
Production & Layout Design...........Barbara Metz
Proof Reader Barbara Metz
Video Production David Creamer

Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen.............Carrabelle
Rene Topping Carrabelle
Pat Morrison St. Georgc Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade ..........Eastpoint
Wayne Childers Port St. Joe
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Some Good

News About


Since 1983, FloridaTaxWatch has
issued research reports, articles
and press releases regarding the
need for budget reform. Over the
last decade, many taxpayers have
voiced their concerns about such
problems as excessive government
growth and outdated or inefficient
programs. The time had come,
many said, for a comprehensive
reform. These reforms were
specifically called for in Florida
TaxWatch's 1986 report, But ding
a Better Florida.which outlined a
"blueprint" for redesigning how
Florida's system of budgeting
could promote bettermanagement
and performance.
The two-year efforts of the Taxation
and Budget Reform Commission
and the persistence of some of the
founders and prominent board
members of Florida TaxWatch and
The Florida Council of 100 worked
together to educate the public and
policy makers on the deficiencies
in the existing budgeting policies.
Ultimately, legislators and other
state leaders came to realize that
state government programs were
being funded simply by adding to
their base; little thought was given
to the program's success or
whether it was still needed. The
emphasis was on process, not
The 1994 Government
Performance and Accountability
Act constitutes a first step in
modernizing Florida's budget.
While much work still must be
done, these five provisions
hopefully will lead to a more
accountable, productive and
fiscally responsible state
1. Performance-Based Budgetging.
By the year 2000, state agencies
must submit to the governor a
list of programs. Agencies then
must submit for legislative
approval performance
measures, outputs, outcomes,
baseline data andd a program
budget request that includes'
performance standards.
Programs will be appropriated
lump sum amounts, which will
be deposited into traditional
budget categories. Agency
heads may transfer any amount
among categories in that
program. Incentives for
exceeding standards and
disincentives for poor
performance may be applied.
2. Program Evaluation and
Justification. An Office of
Program Policy Analysis and
be created that is responsible
for program evaluations and
justifications during the same
year an agency is to begin
operating under a performance-
based budget. Reviews will
include program costs, reasons
for results, efficiency
evaluations and consequences
for discontinuing the program.
However, although the office is
a separate unit that functions
under the auditor general's
office, making it independent
might be a better way to ensure
objective and impartial
evaluation of state programs.
3. GAP Commission. The Com-
mission on Government

Accountability to the People will
be created in statute to track
the impact of state agency
actions on the well-being of
Floridians. Comprised of 15
public/private members
appointed by the governor and
confirmed by the Senate, it will
review agency performance and
make recommendations for
improving it.
4. Competitive Government. The
State Council on Competitive
Government (the governor and
Cabinet) is created to determine
whether state services could be
better provided by a private or
public sector source.
5. Innovations Investment Pro-
gram. Begun last year, this
continues a program allowing
agencies to submit proposals
for funding of "innovative
projects" that produce cost
savings or improve service



By Ernie Rehder
Offshore fishing, including the on-
going recovery of king mackerel,
has been OK this spring and early
summer, but inshore, with winds
blowing from the wrong directions,
had been very bad news. Three
flats-and-beach excursions netted
me about that number of fish. But
then we found the right
combination in late May:
.southwest wind, full moon, and
incoming tide. We limited on trout
,and pulled some good sized
flounder out from among the
pilings. Used jigs and live shrimp
for the flatfish, and the troutwent
for tail jigs of all sorts.
It was mighty simple and
economical fishing, since we just
rowed out to the end of the old pier
and worked the vicinity. Which
'.dock? The one about a half-mile
past Carrabelle Beach. But any
similar structure in the bay should
do the trick when the wind and
moon combine just right. You do
need the boat, though, to get a
,little beyond the roily water at the:
"shore. And prepare to lose a few
rigs and fish to the pilings. Try it
and let me know how you do.
The press and the courts finally
caught up with the pamphleteers
of the Save Our Seafood group
that claimed to represent
commercial fishing interests. They
were the ones, you may recall,
who sought contributions by
mimicking the real organization,
Save Our Sealife-SOS-, which
backs the modified net ban. The
Save Our Seafood interests have
been told by the courts to cease
and desist from mis-
representation, and they may face
a few lawsuits.
Aquaculture maybe-and already
is, in several countries-the future
for commercial seafood harvesting.
But think twice before you invest.
It is literally like sowing and
reaping, subject to all the
afflictions that regular farmers
suffer. Such as...diseases that can
wipe out your mini-fishery
and...birds that may eat all of
your ornamental or market fish. A
friend who raises ornamentals lost
several ponds to, of all things,
otters. Who'd of thought those
cute, frisky critters would do such
a thing!

McGauley's McCommentary

Writer Offers A Modest

Proposal for Improving

American Education

I know the public has been waiting to hear from me on the education
issue, and, after careful thought, I am ready to speak out. Our children
are not being educated. Everyone has their opinion as to why: poor
teachers, low budgets, apathy, gun-play. However, the real problem is
that we are asking our children to read in class and in the library, and
all thinking and enlightened people know that the only time and place
to read is while sitting on the toilet.
Consider: You'll read anything on the toilet. Just last night I read the
following sentence, from the back of a shampoo bottle, as if it came
from Shakespeare himself: "Apple mint clarifying shampoo combines
carbohydrate-rich green-apple pectin and refreshing watermint extract
with St. Ives' carefully blended Swiss herbs and botanicals." I enjoyed
that sentence so much that I read it again, and then I read every little
thing on the shampoo bottle, including the numbers below the bar tab,
which read 77043 18245.
I then read and enjoyed the shaving cream can, the deodorant roll-on
thing, and I particularly enjoyed reading the stuff on the back of the
cleaning bottle.
Whenever I do remember to bring a book or magazine into the
bathroom, I read it with the same passion with which I read the body
of the American woman.
So, let me repeat we need to put toilets in every classroom to replace
the desks. No one can read at a desk. Toilets in the library! Toilets in
the lunchrooml Let us educate our children. A toilet in every pot!

IOTE: This article was written by Tom McGauley, who is a
reelance writer from Centra Florida and is currently employed
on his new couch watching the NBA Finals. His prediction: New
York over Houston, 4 games to 3.

Minimum Firesafety


By Bill Sutton, Senior Attorney
Division of State Fire Marshall

Publisher's Note: The Chronicle has sought and received, with
many thanks, the advice of Bill Sutton of the State Fire Marshall's
Office on the subject of firesafety statutes and administrative rules.
This is the second "note" regarding firesafety standards by Bill
Sutton, in the interest ofclarifying the "state ofregulatory" problems
and firesafety issues in Franklin County.

In this issue, the minimum firesafety standards are reviewed in order
to show how these standards work in conjunction with the uniform
standards discussed in the last issue, 26 May 1994.
Section 633.025(1), Florida Statutes, provides that each municipality,
county and special district with firesafety responsibilities (i.e., "local
authorities") must adopt minimum firesafety standards. Put simply,
these standards are requirements that must be met, as a minimum,
by every building, structure, device or activity to which the standards)
apply. The minimum standards are essentially a "default" category of
firesafetystandards: those buildings, structures, activities and devices
not covered by the uniform firesafety standards (see section
633.022(1)(b), Florida Statutes), should be covered by minimum
firesafety standards.
Pursuant to section 633.025(2), each local authority with flresafety
responsibilities must adopt one of the following codes as their minimum
firesafety code: (1) Standard Fire Prevention Code (1985 or subsequent
edition); (2) EPCOT Fire Prevention Code; (3) NFPA Pamphlet 1 (1985
or subsequent edition); or (4) South Florida Fire Prevention Code. Also,
local authorities must adopt NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (1985 or
subsequent edition) as part of their minimum firesafety code. Should
a local authority fail to adopt a minimum firesafety code, their
minimum standards shall consist of the Standard Fire Prevention
Code (1985 edition) and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (1985 edition)
per section 633.025(6).
Unlike the uniform firesafety standards, which must be consistently
applied to all buildings and devices covered by the uniform standards
(but see section 633.022(2)(c) for the sprinkler system exception), the
minimum firesafety standards serve only as a base level for firesafety
compliance. Consequently, local authorities may adopt firesafety
standards more stringent than the minimum firesafety standards only
for those items covered by minimum, not uniform, standards (see
section 633.025(5)).
As with the uniform standards, local authorities may establish
alternative requirements to the minimum firesafety standards should
they encounter "special" situations. These situations arise when
historic, geographic, or unusual conditions make compliance with the
minimum firesafety standards impractical. When such alternative
requirements are utilized, however, the level of protection should at
least be equal to, if not greater than, the protection level realized by
using the applicable minimum standards.
Regarding enforcement, section 633.081 provides that when the State
Fire Marshal or his agents have cause to believe that a violation of a
uniform or minimum firesafety standard exists, they may inspect any
building or structure subject to these standards, provided the inspection
is done at a reasonable hour. Furthermore, section 633.161(2)(a) gives
the State Fire Marshal the authority to issue an order to vacate a
building if the firesafety violation imposes an immediate danger to
public health, safety or welfare. Practically speaking, however,
enforcement of the minimum firesafety standards lies with the
local authorities. Section 633.052 provides for the adoption of
ordinances needed to enforce firesafety codes, to include civil
penalties for the violation of these ordinances.




For Fall '94
Publix, Gooding's and Winn Dixie
participated in a cooperative
promotion by Florida's oyster
industry and the Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Services. The $30,000 campaign,
which ran from 28 October
through 10 November 1993, was
created to restore consumer
confidence in the safety of cooked
oysters. Funds for the Fresh from
Florida oyster promotion, came
from the Apalachicola Bay Oyster
Farmers Association. The

Upon Receiving
The Small
Excellence Award
Upon receiving the Small Business
Excellence Award for District I on
6 May, Crooms, Inc. has received
both community praise and the
personal praise of Governor
Lawton Chlles. John Crooms said.

promotion generated TV and print
advertising and 18 oyster cooking
demonstrations in 14 Florida and
Georgia cities. A second promotion
is planned for October 1994.
Contact Ms. Dot Williamson,
Bureau of Seafood and
Aquaculture, for information at
(904) 488-0163.

"Receiving the award meant that
this county has been recognized.
In the past it has not. If more
people would have the county on
their minds instead of themselves
only, we would have a better
community to live in."

Mr. John Crooms participates with
the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce, Black Male Explorers
Program, St. George Island
Developmental Project and the
Healthy Start Program.

John Crooms


10 .Iune 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

New Visions At The

Emerald Coast Hospital:

An Interview With Kenneth

Dykes, Administrator

By Brian Goercke
The Franklin County Chronicle
interviewed Mr. Kenneth Dykes
on 1 June at Emerald Coast
Hospital to better understand
upcoming plans and ideas that
the' new Emerald Coast Hospital
Administrator has and would like
to implement.
Chronicle: What are some of the
duties of a hospital
K.D.: Well, running a modern
hospital is not much different
whether you're doing it in
Apalachicola or New York City.
The difference is in the degree of
sophistication the facility has. If
you're doing a tertiary referral
center where you have specialty
units, bum units, psychiatric care
and all manners of surgery, that's
a slightly different set of
circumstances because of the
technology and the professionals
that are involved. I've done that as
well as a small rural facility. All of
these experiences assist you
because you find that the more
range of experiences you have the
more equipped you are to run a
In my opinion. a small facility is
more difficult to run than a larger
facility. You don't have the staff or
financial resources. You don't have
some of the sophistication and
equipment to assist you and
possibly help you make better
decisions. What we do here
requires a lot more personal effort
and involvement of the staff who
all wear different hats. I probably
don't have a single person who
does just one thing. Everyone has
several abilities that they are good
at and that's what makes a small
hospital tick.

Chronicle: What are some of
your main duties as
administrator for ECH?
K.D.: The hospital has had a
business plan that is involved in
establishing itself as the provider
for primary care for Franklin
County. It has been working very
diligently to improve and extend
its' services so thatall the residents
can be the appropriate
beneficiaries of these services
when they need them. My primary
responsibility is to revise that plan
and renew it. Extend it to the next
four or five years and try to see if
we can obtain more sophisticated
services to offer. For example, we'd
like to able to offer (more) surgeries
here than we've offered in the past.

We're not going to be able to do
open heart or brain surgeries, but
we could probably do gall bladders
and a great number of procedures
thatwill keep families and patients
from having to travel to Panama
City or Tallahassee for services.
And we can do it with the qualified
people, so they'll be part of the
business Plan I'm interested in.
We'll be looking into the
recruitment of key physicians and
other non-physician
professionals. We have three
surgeons that will be visiting our
community in the next couple of
weeks and hopefully we'll be able
to recruit at least one of them to
locate here.
I think it's correct what people
called this some time ago, "a band-
aid station." Well, we've grown
beyond that and we'd like to
continue to improve what services
are available. It's very difficult for
people to have surgery out of the
area and then come home to
recover. We'd like to have an
internist on staffhere to do internal
medicine. It would improve our
diagnostic abilities. The biggest
need we have is for another family
practitioner. We can bring
specialists in on a rotating basis.
We have an ENT (ear, nose and
throat) person who comes in
periodically and now we can
extend that.
Chronicle: How many medical
doctors do you have on staff?
K.D.: Right now, we have six or
seven M.D.'s
Chronicle: And you're looking
to recruit more?
K.D.: Yes.
Chronicle: What do you look
for, the qualifications and
qualities, when recruiting for
K.D.: We look, first of all, at the
track record. If they've been in
practice before, what kind of
qualitywork did they do?Are there
any medical malpractice claims
against them? What do their letters
of recommendation say? Is their
bedside manner good? It's one
thing to be technically competent
to do something; it's also
important, in terms of personality
and ability, to relate to people,
able to care for people so they
don't get upset and angry and feel
Everyone should be treated with
dignity and respect and, we're

looking for those people who fit
into our area and enjoy living here.
The last thing we want to do is hire
someone who is willing to come
here and be miserable. We're
looking for someone who will stay
for the long haul.
Chronicle: How many physician
assistants do you have at ECH?
K.D.: We have five but are looking
to recruit one more.
Chronicle: What are some of the
costs that you'll be looking into
concerning the physical
structure of ECH?
K.D.: The physical facilities are
fine. We've got certain repairs and
maintenance that we'll be looking
into. We have a roof that we'll be
looking to repair and there are
some cosmetic improvements we'd
like to see. There will also be
significant medical equipment
added to our facility. We have just
purchased a monitor, a datascope
that permits us to monitor the
vital signs of four patients
simultaneously. We also have
gotten something that is called a
lifepak. It is very much like the
datascope, except it is mobile. We
also want to look into purchasing
more x-ray and laboratory
Chronicle: There has been a lot
of discussion concerning the
Trammell Fund as of late. Where
do you feel that money should
be allocated?
K.D.: First of all, the community
has had so much disinformation
about these monies. The
disproportionate shares program
is a federal program that's been in
existence for a number of years.
It's been in existence to do
something even the federal
government recognizes which is
to be a provider that does a
disproportionately large amount
of business with the federal.
go"-vernment...even through..
medicare or through the federal

state medicare program.
It doesn't get reimbursed at a level
that truly cover pays all of its'
costs. So, they are disadvantaged.
And over a period of time, if you're
continually operating in an
environment where you're
receiving less than you ought to
be reimbursed for services, you'll
go out of business. The fed's have
recognized that for a long time.
Now the State of Florida has just
this past year determined that it
wanted to participate In the
program. This is a matching funds
program where the state money
goes to match with the federal
money. And then the payments
can be made to the facilities that
qualify as disproportionate share
And that's what has happened
based on our 1992 cost report.
Services that have already been
rendered to indigent patients and
medicare patients by this facility.
We were found to merit an
additional reimbursement...not a
grant or.a special fund to be given
for any particular purpose, but an
additional reimbursement of
$779,000. The hope and the desire
of everyone in the process,
Congress, the local legislators, all
of us here locally, has been that in
a hospital such as ours, it's had a
struggle to survive because of
funding problems.
Chronicle: Where do feel this
money needs to be allocated?
K.D: Well, the money allows us to
look at a number of issues. First,
there are life safety codes we have
to consider. Now, a hospital is a
heavily regulated entity. So, as life
safety codes change, we have to
continually upgrade certain
aspects of our physical plant. The
other things are that we have a
number of items that are in need
of repair. For instance, when you
have a twenty year old roof, you
have to consider...repairing it. We
are going to use some of that
money to get a new roof. We are

going to look into patient comfort
issues as well as some of the
aesthetic upgrades of the hospital.
We want to repaint the wall and
some slight remodeling of the
patients' wall as well as the lobby.
We want the place to be a little
more pleasant for our patients.

We're looking into getting new
mattresses for our patients' rooms.
That will be, in large part, what
will be more noticeable to the
community. However, a large
share of the money will have to go
towards the creditors who we owe
for.... Florida Power for one and
the city for water. Various other
venders who have allowed us to
owe them the money so we could
extend out our services to the
community. Finally, we collected
from the medical and employee
staff, as well as consultants, a list
of equipment that they'd like to
see in the hospital. The datascope
and lifepak are some examples of
Chronicle: What are some of the
goals that you would like to see
take form at ECH while you are
K.D.: I'd like to see ECH to be the
absolute best provider of basic
care in Florida. I want to do It in an
environment that's attractive and
friendly and where the care is
prompt and of the best quality. I
want our ambulance and other
emergency procedures to work so
well that we really establish a
first-rate reputation for ourselves.
I think that if we do this we'll
benefit not only the residents of
the community, but also attract
the tourists and visitors of this
area. It will become a more
desirable place for people to live
and to visit. That's my goal.

Lanark Village

Water & Sewer

Board Election

Included In

8 November

General Election
By Carol Ann Hawkins
Three commissioners to the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District Board will be elected by
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District property owners in the 8
November General Election. All
candidates must obtain petitions
from Doris Shiver Gibbs,
Supervisor of Elections, prior to
24 June 1994. Petitions must be
submitted to Gibbs prior to 12:00
Noon 27 June 1994. Candidates
will need 25 valid signatures from
qualified property owners within
the District. Official qualification
of candidates will be from 12:00
Noon 18 July 1994 through 12:00
Noon 22 July 1994.




By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commission will
be listed as an intervener in an
administrative hearing on an
intent to issue a permit for
dredging of the Carrabelle River.
According to Commissioner
Raymond Williams a petition had
been circulated by interested
citizens in the area opposing the
dredging. Because of the petition
an administrative hearing will be
held. The city was notified that
theywould be listed onlyas having
a comment on the matter.
The city attorney Bill Webster said
that action had to be taken so he
notified the city that he had filed
for the City and the PortAuthority
to be an intervener which gives
the city legal status in the case. If
at any point the city did not wish
to be an intervener the petition
to intervene could be withdrawn.
Webster said as it was a City and
Port Authority project he felt it
necessary to Me the action.
Webster said he felt that the
objection was upriver from the
bridge. The dredging in the harbor
area was not being objected to. He
said he did not know exactly what
the objections were except that
the area up river was a nursery
area for fish.
Williams said that the project is
from the mouth of the harbor to
the last intercoastal marker in the
Carrabelle River north of the
bridge. Williams said that he felt
the river needs to be dredged.
"Only at high tide can some boats
go up through there," Williams
said. Phillips asked, "Have we
maintenance-dredged the river
before?" and was told that the last
time was when the Tillie Miller
Bridge replaced the old bridge in
The permit is being requested by"
the Corps of Engineers and will be
heard before the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP). '
Commissioner Buz Putnal said
that he felt there was a
misunderstanding about the
scope of the permit. He said that
he had been approached by people
who felt that the dredging was
going to extend to the area where
imerock is now being mined.
Webster said that it was his
understanding that the permit
only extends to the end of the
intercoastal waterway in the river
which is almost at the point where
the three rivers, Carrabelle,
Crooked and New Rivers join.

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10 June 1994 Page 5



Allen Has



By Brian Goercke
Apalachicola High School Senior,
Catina Allen, graduated with the
Class of'94 holding the distinction
that few other graduates with or
before her could claim. Catina
managed to attend every day of
school from Kindergarten to her
final day of class in her senior
"She's always been self-
motivated," Catina's mother (Roxie
Allen) stated. "I'm proud of her
and just hope she's able to
accomplish the goals she sets for
herself and is happyin life." Catina
said that she has always had an
interest in education; she stated
that in the final twoyears ofschool,
however, her studious habits were
motivated mostly by her quest for
the elusive perfect attendance
record. "I didn't even realize I had
this record of attendance until
about the 7th or 8th grade. I
remember that some days I
wouldn't feel that good and wanted
to stay home, but my mom would
say, 'You don't want to lose your
attendance record.'"
Roxie Allen recalled one day that
almost ruined Catina's attendance
record. "We had one morning... I
think it was when Catina was in
the second grade, well, it was
freezing outside and I had this
diesel car that wouldn't start up.
I got to school with Catina a little
late and they told me that school
had been cancelled. That day
almost cost Catina her attendance

Catina plans to attend Gulf Coast
Community College next year.
Interested in fashion and animal
care, Catina hopes to initially
work in Fashion Marketing
Merchandizing and eventually
become a Veterinarian. Asked
about her advice for other would-
be perfect attendance seekers,
Catina stated, "Take very many
vitamins and have strict
parents..." Catina's mom added,
"...and have a good alarm clock."

(Right) Jenny Theis, AHS
(Below) Garrett Congratulated
by Supt. C. T. Ponder, CHS


High School


By Lisa More
The Carrabelle High School Class
of '94 graduation ceremony was
held at 8:00 on 26 May in
Carrabelle High School's
auditorium. The event honoring
twenty-four graduates was
witnessed by nearly two-hundred
parents, students and faculty
Reverend Harmon Price of the
United Methodist Church of
Carrabelle gave the invocation,
preceded by a dedication to
parents lead by senior student,
Misty Dawn Sexton. The tribute
allowed graduates to present each
parent with a single red rose.



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Carrabelle High School Principal,
James Sinor, welcomed the
audience and introduced
attendant school board members.
Notable guests included Franklin
County Sheriff, Warren
Roddenberry and Deputy Ronald
Crum, who presented scholarship
Principal Sinor presented the
Valedictorian Award to Kendall
Lee 'Ann Linville. Special
recognition was given to Wendy
Cheree Walden, a dual-enrolled
honor student. Linville and
Walden amassed over two
thousand dollars in scholarship
benefits.Following Linville's
Valedictory Address, a candle-
lighting ceremony illuminated the
hearts and smiles of graduates
and audience alike. Benediction
was presented by Elizabeth Gibbs.
Diplomas were distributed by
Charles T. Ponder,
Superintendent of Franklin
County schools, and was assisted
by School Board Chairperson, Will
Kendrick.The tassels were turned,
hats were tossed, but Principal
Sinor jokingly reprimanded an
over-zealous senior class. In good
humor, Sinor beckoned the future
Franklin County adults to "sit
down, please." Diplomas in hand
and celebration on the mind, the
class of '94 reluctantly honored
Sinors request, one last time.

A Whole

New World:

AHS Seniors


By La'Keshia Barnes
The class of 1994 spent their last
and probably most precious
moments together with their
teachers, family and friends on 27
May at the annual commencement
exercises on Wagoner Field at
Apalachicola High School.
Fifty-two enthusiastic seniors had
anxiously awaited this graduation
night for thirteen long years. But
once they became high school
seniors, many stated that the final
year flew by very fast.
Rather than have a guest speaker,
the class chose to have five of their
classmates speak. Catina Allen,
Class Vice-President; Gina Mallon,
Secretary; Tori Salter, Treasurer;
John Bartley and Stacy Burch all
made brief presentations to their
classmates and the general
The Valedictorian, JenniferTheis,
and Salutatorian, Angelina
Mirabella, both gave warm and
memorable speeches. Theis used
a blender and several small pieces
of fruit to show who the '94 class
has "blended" together. AfterTheis
presented each piece of fruit and
told of what it symbolized in
relation to the class of '94, she
blended the fruit together, poured
the mix into a glass, held the glass
up as a gesture of hope and good
will to the senior class...and then
took a drink from the glass. Both
Theis and Mirabella felt that the
bond within their class had grown
strong during their lastyear. They
felt that the class would always be
together in spirit.
During the ceremony, the students
presented roses to their parents.
The roses symbolized the students
love and appreciation. The event
brought tears to the eyes of several
parents and their children.
Many seniors walked away with
awards which will aid in the
furtherance of their educational
careers. Education is recognized
by the seniors as the essential
element for success.
Mrs. Myra Ponder, senior class
sponsor and long time
mathematics teacher at AHS, also
graduated this yearin my opinion.
rs. Ponder was a WONDERFUL

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teacher and she will be missed.
Mrs. Ponder will no longer be
teaching atAHS, buther memories
and lessons will always remain
instilled in all of her students. We
love you, Mrs. Ponder. Good luck
and have fun.
After the graduation, many of the
seniors went their own separate
ways. Some said their good-byes
to each other, while others said a
temporary good-bye to their
The class motto for the class of
1994 was, "If we can't find a road
to success, we will make one."
Good luck and congratulations to
the class of 1994 oTApalachicola
High School. Your dreams will
become reality if you believe in
yourselves and your abilities.


High School



By Amanda Loos
The day. 26 May, finally rolled
around for the Carrabelle High
School 1994 graduates. By the
time those green caps flew up into
the air above the stage in the
school cafetorium at the end of
the 8:00 p.m. Commencement
Exercise, tears of relief and pride
were flowing and shouts of freedom
As a Junior this past year, I have
been lucky enough (along with my
classmates and the rest of CHS) to
have these seniors as friends,
partners, and leaders. From
meetings and study times in the
library to the co-ed football game
(which, of course, they won) and
the outrageous senior slave
auction, the class of '94 has
showed us not only the
responsibility, loyalty, trust, and
dedication that seniors are
supposed to, but also a unique
spontaneity and a fun-loving
attitude important to the release
of high school stress! During good
times and rough ones at CHS, we
have been able to count on the
seniors to provide the right attitude
needed as we experienced a year
full of both joys and sorrows. For
that we are grateful.
After the hugs and tears and the
bustle of family pride and pictures
of graduation had subsided, it
was time to party at the Grad-nite
celebration. The parents of the
seniors (as is tradition) had worked
immensely hard all year raising
money to put together the lock-in,
alcohol-free, until-5:00-in-the-
morning party, and indeed it was
a success. The stage was cleared
to make room for the DJ and the
chairs were stacked aside for
dancing and hyper action room.
There were tons of food and loud
music, and prizes (microwaves,
CD players, knee boards, coolers,
hairdryers, radios...) were given
away to selected graduates
throughout the night. It was the
last time the whole class of 1994
would be together to party and the
spirit of celebration was huge.
Personally, and on behalf of the
students left at CHS, I would like
to -honor each of you graduates,
and thank you for a most intense
and excellent year (and years) with
you all: Kendall Lee Ann Linville
(Valedictorian, GCCC Leadership
Award, Apalachicola State Bank
Award for academic achievement
and leadership), Eric Monroe
Causey, Ginger Marie Creamer,
Ronald James Crum (Award from
the Masonic Lodge #73 of
Carrabelle) Elizabeth Diane Gibbs,
Brently David Glass, Christie
Givens Gilbert, Charles Ryan
Granger, Jefferey Paul Herndon,
Francis Fitzgerald King, Corlinda
Marie Lattimore, Kelvin Melton,
Lisa Diane Messer, Michelle
Massey Mullican, Kimberly Carol
Pemberton, Jamie Lynn
Pijarowski, David Pool, Garrett
Wayne Poucy, James Bishop
Putnal, Donald Register.
Christopher Michael Sanford,
Misty Dawn Sexton, John Gordon
Smith, and Wendy Cheree Walden
(who has been missed while she
has been attending Gulf Coast
Community College as an early
admit student all year-Honor
Award forAcademic Achievement,
F. Leon Tucker Memorial Award,
GCCC Leadership Award,
Appalachicola State BankAward).
As you enter into the "out-there
zone," I hope that each of you
always march as proudly in your
life as you did to Pomp and
Circumstance the night of 26 May
1994. Good luck in all you do.
(Class of '95 rules nowl)



Effective 30 June 1994, Carrabelle
Principal James A. Sinor plans to
resign his position as principal
from the Franklin County School
District. Mr. Sinor sent his letter
of resignation to Superintendent
Charles T. Ponder on 23 May.
In his letter, Sinor wrote, "I want
to thank you and Franklin County
School Board for the opportunity
to serve as principal of Carrabelle
High School. The help and support
I have been given by the
Superintendent's office during my
tenure has been appreciated."



is 1994

Girls State


By Rene Topping
Kela L. Timmons, daughter of
Phillip and Cherry Rankin of
Carrabelle, was selected by the
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit
84 of Lanark Village, to be their
candidate for Girls State, which
will be held from 10 June to 17
June, in Tallahassee.
The Girls State is an intense, one-
week study of government in
action. While in Tallahassee, Miss
Timmons will stay at Landis Hall,
on the Florida State University
Campus, along with other girls
from every comer of Florida.
According to American Legion
Auxiliary officers, the selection is
based upon the student selected
having an interest in government,
leadership ability, character,
scholastic standing and
community service.
Miss Timmons is a junior at
Carrabelle High School and is
president of the Student Council.
Her school activities include
Journalism, Future Homemakers
of America, Future Business
Leaders ofAmerica, Cheerleading
and Basketball.
She has been selected for inclusion
in "Who's Who Among High School
Students" two years in a row. She
is Church Youth Group President
and Superintendent of Sunday
School for Scott's Temple Church.
She is presently empFoyed at the
Gulfside IGA as a cashier. Her
hobbies are swimming, softball
and spending time with her
Allison A. Sanders, daughter of
Russell and Patricia Sanders of
Carrabelle, was selected as
alternate, in the event that Miss
Timmons would be unable to




By Lisa More
Chapman Elementary School
conducted its' Annual Awards
Ceremony on 24 May in Chapman
Elementary's auditorium.
The program honored the
achievements of kindergarten
through sixth-grade students. In
addition to academic recognition,
awards were distributed for perfect
attendance, physical education
and extracurricular activities.
The American Legion Award for
Citizenship was presented to sixth-
grade students Jenny Thompson
and Kevin Maxwell. Thompson and
Maxwell were selected for
leadership in student affairs.
The School Spirit Award was
presented to the sixth-grade class
of Ms. Elinor Mount-Simmons.
Three students from Mount-
Simmons' class were honored for
individual achievements: Jenny
Thompson was the Spelling Bee
Champion, Jessica Scott was the
Forestry Poster Contest Winner
and Kyle Younger was the highest
fund raiser for the St. Jude.
Marathon. The entire class was
recognized for their parent-teacher
organization funding
Other Chapman achievers
included sixth-grade student,
Aarti Patel, a first place winner in
the Regional Science Fair and
Alexander "A.J." Jones, a second-
grade student, was Chapman's
representative for "Dreamers and
Doers" of Franklin County.

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Public Defenders Julius Aulusio
of Franklin County and Ed Harvey
of Tallahassee (Leon County).
Assistant State Attorneys, Frank
Williams, of Franklin County and
Neil Wade, of Tallahassee,
represented the State of Florida.
Davey denied four of six motions
presented by Schubert's defense
The motions denied are:
1) Motion to prohibit
impeachment of defendant by
prior criminal records. This
motion would have prohibited
the prosecuting attorney from
impeaching (discrediting)
Schubert's credibility should
he testify in his own behalf in
his upcoming trial and would
have blocked prosecutors from
presenting to ajury evidence of
several prior convictions. The
Motion stated that "where a
defendant is subject to be
discredited should he testify in
his own behalf, the assertion
of the defendant's right to
testify in his own behalfis made
costly...and a penalty he is
forced to pay for the simple
exercise of a Constitutional
right." Another ground tor ne
motion was that the defendant
may feel compelled to forego
his right to testify due to the
fact that a jury may reach a
verdict of guilty based on the
presentation of any prior
2) Motion for a statement of
particulars regarding
aggravating circumstances, the
reasons the death penalty is
sought, and the theory of
prosecution underlying
murder in the first degree.
Aulusio's grounds for this
motion included that the
indictment fails to state any of
the above particulars and that
without this information,
Schubert cannot adequately
prepare his defense prior to
the actual trial dates, which
could result in delays during
or Just before the trial; and if
the motion was granted and
the State decided to waive the
death penalty due to
Inadequate, aggravating
circumstances, judicial
economy would be promoted
and taxpayers' dollars saved
by avoiding needless litigation
regarding the death penalty.
The motion stated that
Schubert's Conrstitutional
Rights, as guaranteed by the
United States Constitution and
the Florida Constitution, will
be denied if the motion is not
3) Motion to compel the State to
furnish a Penalty Phase
Witness List naming all
persons, along with the
appropriate address of each,
who willbe used at the advisory

phase of the trial in the event
Schubert is found guilty of first-
degree murder. If convicted,
Schubert faces the potential of
death by electrocution or life
4) Motion for disclosure of prior
criminal records, "Rap Sheet,"
or any list or summary
reflecting the criminal records
on Schubert or his son, Michael
Roger Schubert, 21, a
codefendent in the case who
has already pleaded no contest
to charges of first-degree
murder and is serving a life
sentence in the Florida
Department of Corrections.
The motion also requests "Rap
Sheets" on 10 State witnesses.
This motion was denied "at
this time," but if the defense
can show that diligence has
been made, the court can order
the records, Neil Wade will
prepare the orders.
Davey granted a motion by the
defense that prohibits the
prosecution from commenting on
the County which returned the
indictment against Schubert.
Davey also granted a motion that
potential evidence, testimony, or
comments presented by the State
that bear little or no material
relevance in the case, and may
result in unfair prejudice and
confusion of the issues, be limited.
The father and son were arrested
in October 1993 after a human
skull with a small-caliber bullet
hole at the base was discovered
alongside County Road 370, less
than a mile from the intersection
of U.S. Highway 98 and County
Road 370 at Alligator Point.
Further investigation revealed that
the murder took place in Franklin
County and Roger Dwayne Padgett
was identified as the victim.
Also present at the motion hearing
were Schubert's wife and two step-
children, whom Schubert could
be seen conversing with during
the hearing. Schubertwas granted
permission to wed in March 1994
in the Wakulla County Jail. A
woman who requested anonymity
said that, Mrs. Schubert and the
twp :young children (whose ages
were given as 4 and 8 years) are
residing with an "older couple in
Eastpoint" because they didn't
have any place to go. The
unidentified woman said that
although Schubert is not the
children's biological father, "he's
taken responsibility for the kids."


William Edward "Curley"
William Edward "Curley" Mathes,
61, native of Sawdust (Gadsen
County Community) and life-long
resident of Carrabelle, Florida,
died Thursday, 26 May, in an
automobile accident in Carrabelle.
A Navy Veteran, he served in the
Korean War. At the time of his
death, he was employed as a
security guard at The Plantation
on St. George Island and was on
his way to work when the fatal
accident occurred on U.S.
Highway 98. He was a member of
Carrabelle United Methodist
Survivors include his wife, Mary
Lou, of Carrabelle; a daughter,
Carol Paulk (and son-in-law,
Steve, husband of Carol, of
Carrabelle); his mother, Jessie

Mathes, of Carrabelle; five and never did he miss a
brothers, Willie E. Maths, Jr., scheduled work day. The
Franklin J. Matches and Eltey only time(we) coula recall
Mathes all of Carrabelle; Lonnie him beinglate was when he
Mathes, of Baltimore, Maryland; assisted in directed traffic
and Harold Mathes, of Port St. for an accident. When it
Joe, Florida; and three grand- came time for him to take
children, Fallon, Patrick, and vacation, I literally had to
Aaron Paulk, all of Carrabelle. tell him to go.. .He was more
than dedicated to the job.
VisitationwasheldFriday,27May, He loved his work and the
in the Kelley-Riley Funeral Home people he worked with and
Chapel from 5 to 8 P.M. Services for, and thereis not enough
were held Saturday, 28 May, at 2 paper or the time of day to
P.M. at Carrabelle United sahowmu chardsshared, in good
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EvergreenCemeteryinCarrabelle. good man, and a very dear
ArrangementsmwerebyKelley-Riley fend. We will miss him,
Funeral Home in Carrabelle. but never forget him."
The Chronicle received the /s/ Charles R. Shiver; Dennis W.
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George Island. Bob Shriver Mrs. Mathes said that her
recalled, husband had almost died in a
logging accident some years ago,
...Just the brief and that she guessed the Lord
conversationwith Curley to had given him some extra time.
me he was the man I needed "The last three years were the
as a guard...for six years, happiestyears of his life. He loved
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the St. George Island airport, in the Plantation. Plymel told Major Jimmy Williams, of the Franklin
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its best times are averaged out for the month and posted at
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle 10 June 1994 Page 7

School District Audit, Continued from page 1
always accurately represent expenditure information shown
on the District's accounting records. Overstatements of
anticipated expenditures resulted in the District having
significant amounts of excess cash on hand for extended
periods of time. For example, approximately $59,377 of the
$122,944 received in April 1993 remained on hand as of
March 25, 1994. Without accurate expenditure and
encumbrance information, the Florida Department of
Education cannot properly monitor the District's allocation
of these restricted funds.
*AG: Unexpended balances of annual PECO appropriations are
carried forward and are available for subsequent obligations
until February 1 of the second fiscal year of the appropriation,
at which time uncommitted funds revert to the Florida
Department of Education. District records indicated that
funds totaling approximately $58,600 for the 1991-92 fiscal
year PECO allocation for Science Projects were unspent and
were not obligated under the terms of a binding contract
within the time limit specified in Section 216.301(3), Florida
Statutes. As such, the $58,600 was subject to reversion and
return to the State fund from which the allocation was made.
Subsequent to our review of this allocation, the District
returned the amount of $58,603.55 to the Florida Department
of Education.
JR: We have to ask the Dept. of Education, "Can we encumber the
money?" Then, they'll say, "yes." They rubber stamp it and
send it back...That usually represents something that's going
to be done, like a project. For example, like putting in a new
building at Brown Elementary...Then, after we do that, to
make sure we have the money to pay when we contract for it,
then we ask them for cash, and they send us cash. Real money.
They're saying, here (referring to the criticism) that we didn't
have a need for this $59,377...and we had it on hand, unused,
sitting in our bank account, earning interest.
Rather than someone else's bank account, earning interest.
And, that the essence of that thing there. According to them
(Auditor General), and there are no guidelines, that says you
are supposed to have "this much" versus "that much" versus
"that much." Inmy opinion, this is part of theAuditor General's
set of criticisms which they levy without having...without there
being a statute, without there being a State Board rule...This
is those"good auditing standards." In fact, you'll see someplace
in here...I think they still do it...with reference to the Auditor
General's Standard No. 10. I've never seen those. They don't
publish them, they don't send them anyplace. So, why do they
criticize us based on that?...
...Generally, I think it does have some time limitations. And, if
you use the money within those time limitations, they, you are
all right. If you don't, you're not O.K. For example, if they give
us $140,000 to spend. This is the stuff that we use for
construction... We only get 21 months to spend it. How many
buildings can we build with $140,000?.. .Ifyou don't get all this
stuff done within their 21 months...(the money must be
returned).. .When they give a couple of hundred million to Dade
County, we might be able to build a school with that one. But,
they give us a $140,000. If you save it for ten years, you might
be able to build a building.
But, they don't allow us to do that. It's only good for 21 months.
And, ifyou go back to them and say "We can't spend it because
we have plans for that"...then you have to have a political
sponsor in the Legislature in order to get it restored to you,
each year that you don't spend it that way...

*AG: Reconciliations offixed asset control accounts withsubsidiary
records enhance accountability for property items purchased
by the District. Our review disclosed that the subsidiary
property records were not reconciled with applicable control
accounts in a timely manner by District personnel. We were
able to identify the differences totaling approximately
$319,000 between the control account totals and the amounts
recorded in the subsidiary records.

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Trust Department of a bank, acting as custodian on the
District's behalf, bought and sold United States Treasury
Securities. Each quarter, the District received a transaction
report from the Trust Department listing the securities
bought and sold on the District's behalf. However, contrary
to the provisions of Section 236.24, Florida Statutes, the
District did not obtain trust receipts for each transaction
from the Trust Department to evidence the trust capacity
under which the securities were held.


Chairperson of School Board, Will Kendrick

Our review of the District's property records disclosed that
for 152 of 334 items selected, the manufacturer's serial
numbers had not been properly recorded. Additionally.
during our physical inspection of46 property items, we noted
4 items which did not have proper District identification
decals or property numbers displayed on the assets. The
inclusion of manufacturer's serial numbers in the property
records and the attachment of District decals containing the
identification numbers assigned by the District to the
applicable assets facilitates identification of District property
if the property item is stolen or misplaced and subsequently
recovered or located.

JR: We maintain essentially two different kinds of records. (1) A
control over property. (2) is the normal spending of bucks.
There shoulder a relationship there between the two of them.
If we buy a capital item, then it should be in the property
records and there should be a reflection of that spending in the
financial records. In the nice world, you compare those two to
make sure that they agree.
Chronicle: This takes additional people...
JR: Sure it does...All this stuff that they talk about takes people.
And, that's where you have to draw the line sometimes. You get
into these nice things to do...
Chronicle: How many do you have directly underyour supervision?...
JR: A total of four. (Five including John). Fulltime.
JR: When we buy an item, we put a tag on it, and according to their
recommendations, we're supposed to have a manufacturers
serial number as well.
Chronicle: How are things iden'tfied?
JR: We put a little paste on sticker and sometimes they get "pasted
(Superintendent Charles T. Ponder (CP) attempts to show to
JR: We haven't progressed to bar codes.

*AG: Improvements were needed in procedures designed to pro-
vide accountability and control over local food service revenues
at the District schools. Specific deficiencies noted included
an inadequate separation of duties for collecting, depositing,
and reporting local food service sales. These incompatible
duties allow individual employees control of the transactions
such that errors or irregularities, should they occur, may not
be detected in a timely manner.

JR: ...What they're saying is somewhat similar to what they're
saying elsewhere about separation of duties... For example, if
somebody collects money, then there should be checks,
balances to make sure that what is collected, gets deposited.
In another place, a couple of paragraphs further on down here,
they're saying if you have one individual who receives invoices,
and is in the check preparation process, then after... the
checks are prepared they should not touch them again.. .That's
all well and good.
If you've got an office where you have got six people and...they
can (share) the little tasks...to get it done now...Right
now,... normally there are two (in the office) one of them is
involved preparing payroll checks. Another Is involved doing
vendor checks...When it's time to do payroll, we can't be
stopping, playing with vendor checks when it's time to do
payroll, we can't stop doing vendor checks to take care of
payroll checks...It's very neat when you have the people (and)
that makes these separation of duties not unbearable...
CP: I know that you (John) have tried to work out a process...for
trying to work within the limits of the staff thatyou had. I know
one of the things that we've encountered is the problem (when)
...an employee is out...


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Steven Otis Rutledge. 42. of
Carrabelle, driver of the dump
truck involved in the fatal accident
that claimed the life of Carrabelle
native William Edward "Curley"
Mathes on 26 May, had an
outstanding warrant in Taylor
County for driving with a
suspended license, according to
Major Jimmy Williams of the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office.
Williams said that Rutledge was
jailed following the accident on
the 26 of May and picked up by
Taylor County officers on 27 May.
Williams said he did not know
why Rutledge's license had been
Charges against Rutledge that
resulted from the fatal wreck
include no driver's license, no tag,
failure to carry vehicle registration,
and no proof of insurance.

JR: There's a requirement in the statute that says every time a bank
sells or buys something on your behalf, they should have a
piece of paper that says "what it is," and they're supposed to
send those to us. The banks have never sent them to us. I wrote
a letter to First Florida, and I said "send me trust receipts."
And, the next thing I know is that I get this phone call from the
Trust Dept. saying, "what is a trust receipt?"...So they're not
in the business of doing trust receipts and that was First

*AG: The District did not provide for an adequate separation of
duties in the processing of payrolls in that the employee who
prepared the payroll warrants and had access to the signed
payroll warrants also had access to computer data files to
change the employment status of employees in the payroll
system and to change employees' rates of pay; enter overtime
and other adjustments; and remove terminated employee
records from the system. The data entry forms were not
routinely reviewed of record by another employee nor was the
compute -generated list of payroll changes compared with
source documents by an employee independentof the payroll
processing function. The lack of separation of incompatible
duties and lack of independent review resulted in the
possibility that errors or irregularities could occur and not be
detected on a timely basis. For example, we noted that an
employee hired on November 7, 1987, as a transportation
maintenance worker was compensated using the
administrative salary schedule rather than the maintenance
salary schedule, resulting in the employee being overpaid
approximately $38,000 from November 7, 1987, through
December 31, 1993. We also noted one instance in which an
employee was paid in the 1992-93 fiscal year at Step 3 as a
teacher; however, information in the personnel file indicated
that the starting date of service with the District would place
this employee at Step 2.
! *AG: Deficiencies existed in the District's control policies and
procedures for operating expenditures. We noted that assigned
duties were not adequately separated to ensure that the
employee having the responsibility of preparing
documentation to support disbursements and entries in the
accounting system does not have access to or responsibility
for the signed warrants.

JR: ...I wrote instructions that says when you prepare the payroll,
you don't touch it again..And, when you prepare the vendor
checks, you're not to touch them. Well, again, when you start
to play dominoes with all your checkers, you wind up with the
same person still doing it. We have rules in place which say
"Here's the proper way to do it." We don't have enough people
(to carry it out)...to do it that way all the time."

*AG: Bond registers constitute the principal accounting records
for the retirement of outstanding indebtedness and the
disposition of public funds entrusted to paying agents. Our
review disclosed that District personnel had not prepared
periodic reconciliations of amounts held by paying agents
with the bond registers. As a result, an adequate accounting
of funds on deposit with paying agents and canceled bonds
and coupons returned to the Board had not been made by
District personnel.

JR: Back in the mid-1970's, the school district had a bond
sale... Funds were placed in escrow accounts to take care of
payment of the bonds in the future...Part of the payoff is a
bond...and connected with that is a coupon...There is a bond
register...as we get the coupons, we check these things off (to
reflect interest payments) and compare them with... (payments).
That's the reconciliation, coupon. Well, we no longer get a
canceled coupon...State did away with that...All we need is a
statement indicating the agent got rid of the coupons...(There
are still records of coupon payments.)

Financial Management and Compliance

Board Member Willie Speed
*AG: Our review disclosed that periodic financial reports presented
to the Board during the 1992-93 fiscal year did not provide
expenditure data comparable to budgeted appropriations at
the functional (e.g., instruction, pupil personnel services,
and school administration) category level. This deficiency in
the Board's budgetary reporting limits the Board's ability to
ensure that actual expenditures are kept within available
*AG: Contrary to the provisions of State Board of Education Rule
6A-1.006, Florida Administrative Code, and Section 237.02,
Florida Statutes, budget overexpenditures existed in the
District's General, Special Revenue, and Debt ServiceFunds.
At June 30, 1993, prior to Board approval of the final budget
amendments, three functional expenditure categories in the
General Fund were overspent by a total of $5,279.43; one
functional expenditure category in the Special Revenue -
School Food Service Fund was overspent by $27,619.45;
three functional expenditure categories in the Special Revenue
Other Fund were overspent by a total of $92,265.83; and
two functional expenditure categories in the Debt Service
Fund were overspent by a total of $325,262.16. Additionally,
subsequent to Board approval of the final budget amendments,
one functional expenditure category in the General Fund was
overspent by $8,118.83, one functional expenditure category
in the Special Revenue School Food Service Fund was
overspent by $31,907.88, and one functional expenditure
category in the Debt Service Fund was overspent by $8,982.45.

To Be Continued in the Next Issue, 26 June 1994

Pane 8 10 June 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Conclusion of Wayne Coloney Pre-Filed Testimony in
St. George Utility Rate Case

. Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage for Wells Numbers
, 2 and 3 as a combined source of raw water supply?
A. The redundancy requirements of Rule 17-555.315(l) F.A.A. mandate that
raw water supply capacity must be sufficient to meet system demand with the
largest of the supply wells out of service. Only by construction of Well Number
3 can this requirement be met Further, DEP mandated construction of Well
Number 3 as a backup. Accordingly, all three wells combined constitute the
minimum raw water supply package necessary to provide adequate and reliable
Q. Based on the foregoing, have you formulated a professional opinion as
to the "used and useful" percentage for Wells Numbers 1, 2 and 3?
A. Yes, I have. The "used and useful" percentage for Wells Numbers 1, 2 and 3
is one hundred (100) percent.
Q. Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage for the elevated
A. Construction of the elevated tank was mandated by both the DER (now DEP)
and the PSC (Order Number 21122) as being necessary to provide adequate
service and the tank is therefore one hundred (100) percent "used and useful"
regardless of any capacity calculations. Based on determinations of both the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Baskerville-Donovan,
Inc., the elevated storage tank, when combined with the previously existing
three hundred thousand (300,000) gallon ground storage tank, has the capacity
to serve the one thousand two hundred sixty-four (1,264) existing ERU's plus
an additional one hundred thirty (130 ERU's for a total of one thousand three
hundred ninety-four (1,394) ERU's indicating a margin of reserve of ten point
twenty-eight (10.28) percent. In its report, dated May, 1992, Baskerville-
Donovan recommends the installation of an altitude valve to isolate the existing
elevated tank during peak flows and also modification of existing pump controls
in order to allow parallel operation of the larger and smaller booster pumps at
the treatment plant. This is intended to provide a capacity to serve on thousand
four hundred twenty-one (1,421) ERU's if assumed development occurs together
with five (5) percent ERU growth throughout the system. This growth would, of
course, include the currently existing ten point twenty-eight (10.28) percent
margin of reserve of one hundred thirty (130) ERU's.
Q. Based on the foregoing, have you formulated a professional opinion as
to the "used and useful" percentage for the elevated tank?
A. Yes, I have. Based on the foregoing, it is my professional opinion that the
elevated storage tank, both before and after installation of the altitude valve and
accompanying modifications, is one hundred (100) percent "used and useful."
Q. Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage of the supply
A. Inasmuch as the supply mains were installed to serve the areas described in
the Certificate of Authorization under which St. George Island Utility Company,
Ltd. operates and since customers having a right to be served are scattered
throughout the entire area described in such certificate, it is clear that the
construction of these mains represents an investment prudently incurred.
Q. Based on the foregoing, have you formulated a professional opinion as
to the "used and useful" percentage of the supply mains?
A. Yes, I have. Based on the foregoing, it is my professional opinion that the
supply mains are one hundred (100) percent "used and useful."
9. Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage of the transmission
and distribution system installed within the plantation area?
A. 367.111(1) states that:
(1) "Each Utility shall provide service to the area described in a Certificate
of Authorization within a reasonable time. If the Commission finds that
any Utility has failed to provide service to any person reasonably entitled
thereto, or finds that extension of service to any such person could be
accomplished only at an unreasonable cost and that addition of the
deleted area to that of another Utility company is economical and feasible,
it may amend the certificate of authorization to delete the area not served
or not properly served by the Utility, OR IT MAY RESCIND CERTIFICATE
OF AUTHORIZATION. If utility service has not been provided to any part
of the area Utility is authorized to serve, whether or not there has been a
demand for such service, within five (5) years after the date ofauthorization
for service to such part, such authorization may be reviewed and amended
or revoked by the Commission beginning with such authorization.
The area described in the Certificate ofAuthorization is specifically divided
into two (2) separate segments: one within the "Plantation" and the second
consisting of the rest of the Island.
Giving first consideration to the area within the "Plantation," it should be
noted that, at one time, the "Plantation" was directly under developer
control and, as a result, at that time the question of "used and useful" may
have depended upon the ratio of lots connected to lots with service
available; however, since 1986, no portion of the "Plantation" has been
subject to control by St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. nor by any
of its officers, partners, or employees, and as such, the "Plantation" is not
now a "developer controlled" area. Neither the St. George Island Utility
Company nor any of its officers or owners has any means of controlling
growth within the "Plantation" or elsewhere.
9. Based on the foregoing, have you formulated a professional opinion as
to the "used and useful" percentage of the transmission and distribution
system installed within the "Plantation" area?
A. Yes, I have. based on the foregoing, and takinginto consideration the fact that
the "Plantation" is clearly and definitively beyond the control of St. George Island
Utility Company, Ltd. or any of its officers or owners, and giving further
consideration to the fact that the Utility Company is required by the Florida
Public Service Commission to provide water service to any customer within the
"Plantation" who requests service, then it is my professional opinion that the
transmission and distribution system within the "Plantation" area of St George
Island is one hundred (100) percent "used and useful".
Q. Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage of the transmission
and distribution system of the rest of the Island?
A. Throughout the rest of St. George Island outside the "Plantation" area, no
officer, employee or affiliate of the Utility Company has ever had anything to do
with the development and platting of lots or parcels. The development pattern
throughout the rest of the Island is not controlled nor is it subject to related
developer control by the Utility Company in any shape, manner, or form. The
Commission Rule requires provision of service to the whole territory included
within the area described in its Certificate of Authorization and customers have
built residences and structures AT RANDOM throughout the entire certificate
area necessitating construction of transmission and distribution lines throughout
this area in order to provide service when and where requested. More than one
hundred twenty (120) potential customers are now served by privately owned
shallow wells. Since transmission and distribution lines must be run past such
lots with shallow wells regardless ofwhether or not they are connected to the
system, it is further indication that construction of such transmission and
distribution lines were mandated by the Public Service Commission and were
a prudently incurred investment.
9. Based on the foregoing, have you formed a professional opinion as to the
"used and useful" percentage of the transmission and distribution system
on the rest of the Island?
A. Yes, I have. Based on the foregoing, it is my professional opinion that the
transmission and distribution system outside of the "Plantation" and throughout
the balance of St. George Island is one hundred (100) percent "used and useful".
9. Do you have an opinion as to the "used and useful" percentage applicable
to the entire water system, taken as a whole, owned and operated by St.
George Island Utility Company, Ltd.?
A. Yes, I have. Based on the foregoing, the total water system in its entirety is
one hundred (100) percent "used and useful".
9. Would you discuss the quality of service currently being provided to
customers of the water system owned and operated by St. George Island
Utility Company, Ltd.?
A. Based onmy personal observations, my detailed knowledge of the watersystem,
Sand on information provided to me by Baskerville-Donovan, the Florida
Department of Environmental Regulation (now Protection), and the Utility
company itself, there have been no outages in recent years even during such
peak periods as Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July. In recent
months, very few billing complaints have been received and customer response
indicates general satisfaction with the qualify of service. Since the last rate case
there have enormous and substantive Improvements to the reliability and
quality of service. The addition of the 150,000 gallon elevated tank provides
longer service capacity in the event of power or well outages and maintains
delivery pressure even with pump outages. Well Number 3 provides increased
raw water supply capacity and significantly increases reliability. The added
chlorine booster station at the west end, the repair of aeration plant screening
and addition of trays to improve hydrogen sulfide removal, automatic operation
of the standby generator or high service pumps and addition of an automatic
start generator or the newwell, a regular flushing program, detection and repair
of leaks, regular testing for chlorine residuals and hydrogen sulfide, regular
testing for system pressure, employment of a certified and competent plant

manager, maintenance of a cross connection prevention program, fencing and
security at plant and wells, availability of emergency numbers 24 hours a day
all have vastly increased reliability and quality of service. Based on the
foregoing, it is my professional opinion that the qualify of service provided by St.
George Island Utility Company, Ltd. to customers of its water system is, indeed,
satisfactory and acceptable.
. Would you discuss adequacy of capacity?
. During my prior testimony concerning the "used and useful" percentages in
primary accounts, I addressed the adequacy of capacity of the wells and
pumping plant, elevated tank and related storage capacity, the supply main, the
bridge crossing, and the transmission and distribution system. Amplifying
these comments with information based on determinations set forth by
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. in their report dated May, 1992, it appears that the
system with relative modifications and improvements, including Well Number
3, has adequate capacity to serve existing and projected growth through the
currentyear. From 1995 to 1998 itis projected that an additional fifty thousand
(50,000) gallon ground storage tank and booster pumps will increase the
capacity of the system to serve a total of one thousand nine hundred seventeen
(1,917) ERU's. In the period 1999 to 2002, construction ofa newelevated storage

tank near Windjammer Village will increase the capacity of the system to meet
projected growth and will enable it to serve two thousand one hundred ninety-
seven (2,197) ERU's.
In short, itis my professional opinion that the system as it presently exists, given
modifications and improvements which are within the ability of the company to
provide, has adequate and sufficient capacity to serve its existing customers and
those projected to be added through the year 2002.
. Does that conclude your testimony?
A. Yes, it does.


Leila Mae King
Leila Mae King, 92, died Friday, 6
May 1994, in Apalachicola.
Mrs. King was a native of Bay
Minnette, Alabama and has been
a lifetime resident ofApalachicola,
a homemaker and a member of
the Magnolia Baptist Church of
Survivors include five sons, James
D. King, Edward King, Hardy King,
Harvey King and Leroy King, all of
Apalachicola; five sisters, Edna
Bruner, Mable Hendrix, Amanda
Davis, Wilma Kent and Emmie
Corbin, all of Panama City; thirty
grandchildren; fifty great-
grandchildren; and one great-
Services were held Monday, 9 May
1994 in the chapel of Kelley
Funeral Home. Visitation was 3:00
to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, 8 May 1994.
in the chapel of Kelley Funeral
Home located at 16th St. & Ave.
H., Apalachicola, Florida.
Interment followed in Magnolia
Cemetery, Apalachicola, Florida.
All arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, Florida.

Phyllis Stahr Volk

Phyllish Stahr Volk, 68, of St.
George Island, died Sunday, 8
May 1994, in Apalachicola.

Mrs. Volk was a native of Chicago,
Illinois and had been a resident of
St. George Island since August
1993, moving from Huntsville,
Alabama. She was a homemaker
and of Protestant faith.

-In lieu of flowers the family
requests donations be made to
the St. George Island Volunteer
Fire Department.

Survivors include one son, Mark
Volk of Huntsville, Alabama: one

daughter, Kristen V. Shelby and
husband, John Shelby, of St.
George Island, Florida; one
brother, Jack Stahr, of Louisville,
Kentucky; and three
Services were held Sunday, 1 May
1994, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Memorialization was by
All local arrangements were under
the direction of Kelley Funeral
Home, Apalachicola, Florida.
Harvey Lee Bray

Harvey Lee Bray, 71, ofCarrabelle,
died Sunday, 22 May 1994, at his
residence in Carrabelle. He was a
native of Pensacola, Florida and
had been a resident of Carrabelle
for the past 50 years.
Mr. Bray was a veteran of WW II,
serving in the U.S. Coast Guard
and later serving in the Air Force.
He was a former owner of Bray
Gas Company and Bray
Construction Company, a former
truck driver for Econo Flo Flour
Company and also a long-distance
truck driver for many years. He
was of Protestant faith.
Survivors include his wife, Earline
BrayofCarrabelle; his son, Harvey
Lee Bray, Jr. ofPerry; his daughter,
Patricia Ann Bragdon of
Carrabelle; four brothers, Kenneth
Bray of Pensacola, Robert Bray
and Wayne Bray, both of Mobile,
Alabama, and Homer Bray of
Carrabelle; two sisters, Betty Raley
of Mobile, Alabama, and Lois. Pope
of Theadorie, Alabama; four
grandchildren, Marcy Lee
Cookson of Tampa, Kristine Bray
and Richard Bray, both of
Tallahassee, and Nicole Bray of
Perry; two great-grandchildren,
Christan Cookson and Dustin
Cookson, both of Tampa.

Services were held at 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, 25 May 1994,
graveside, Evergreen Cemetery,
Carrabelle, Florida. Visitation was
held 5:00 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, 24
May 1994, in chapel of Kelley-
Riley Funeral Home, Carrabelle,

School Board Attorney Barbara Sanders

Overpaid Employee,
Continued from page 1

"I have been asked to
determine what course of
action the Board should
take concerning the
overpayment of the
Maintenance Worker. This
opinion is based on the facts
provided by you (the Board)
which I will outline in this
At the regular meeting of
October 8, 1987, a job
description for a new
position was presented to
the Board at the Board's
request. With one minor
change in the description of
duties, the description was
approved and the position
was created "to start
position at step 1 of the
maintenance schedule."
This motion passed. At the
regular meeting of
November 5, 1987, (the
employee) was hired by the
Board as... (a) maintenance

On August 3, 1988, Mr.
John Rieman noticed that
(the employee) was being
paid on the administrative
schedule rather than the
maintenance schedule as
directed by the Board...
The superintendent at that
time, as reported by Mr.
Rieman to Mrs. Moses,
decided to leave the pay as
it was "for now." From your
cover letter, I understand
that you were under the
impression that the
superintendent had the
authority to determine the
placement of personnel on
pay schedules and so you
did not change the former
superintendent's decision
to leave the situation as it

Nothing was done to correct
the error. As I understand
it, Mr. Kendrick, in signing
p pay checks as the
Chairman, noticed the
discrepancy in October or
November 1993, which led
to the investigation. Pending
my advice on the matter,
the overpayment amount
has been escrowed with (the
employee's) permission.
Section 230.33, Florida
Statutes, outlines the duties
and responsibilities of the
Superintendent. The
Superintendent may
recommend positions
needed, may nominate the
person to fill that position,
may recommend salary
schedules and may
recommend the terms for
contracts with Board
employees. The
Superintendent has
authority to make
appointments to approved
positions and to approve
compensation therefore at
the rate provided in the
currently established salary
Schedule, pendingaction by
the local board at its next
regular or special meeting.
Section 230.23, Florida
Statutes, outlines the duties
and responsibilities of the
Board. The Board
designates positions to be
filled and provides for the
appointment and
compensation ofpersonnel.
The Board adopts the salary
Clearly, from these two
provisions, the Board and
only the Board can
determine the rate of pay
for any employee, based on
the adopted salary

In separate Board action in early
1994, the employee was placed on
the maintenance salary schedule
and the contract continued.

Interment followed in Evergreen
Cemetery, Carrabelle, Florida.
All arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley-Riley Funeral
Home, Carrabelle, Florida.

Rosa Mae Robinson

Rosa Mae Robinson, 57, of
Apalachicola, died Thursday, 19
May 1994, in Panama City. She
was a native of Apalachicola. At
the age of 15 she moved to New
York, then returned home to
Apalachicola in 1985.
Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker
and member of the Church of God
in Christ of Apalachicola.
Survivors include four sons,
Nathaniel Robinson of Maryland,
Steven Davis of Queens of N.Y.,
James Robinson of Albany, N.Y.
and Anthony W.D. Robinson of
Queens, N.Y.; three daughters,
Donna Robinson of Stone

Mountain, Georgia, Patricia
Robinson of Schnectedy, N.Y. and
Angela Robinson of Queens, N.Y.;
two brothers, Jeff Usher of Bronx,
N.Y. andJesse Usher, III ofMiami,
Florida; four sisters, Helen Lewis,
Maple Barr and Lillie Dopson, all
of Miami, Florida and Bernice
Henderson of Detroit, Michigan;
and twenty grandchildren.
Services were held at 4:00 P.M.
Tuesday, 24 May 1994 in the
Church of God in Christ in
Apalachicola. Visitation was held
5:00 8:00 P.M. Monday, 23 May
1994 in the chapel of Kelley
Funeral Home.
Interment followed in Snowhill
All arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, Florida.

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The Franklin County Chronicle 26 May 1994 I

"Unfinished Business"

Addressed At Apalachicola
Planning And Zoning

The 6 June Apalachicola Planning
and Zoning board meeting began
with the clamor of "unfinished
business" left over from the
previous meeting.
Board member, Wesley Chesnut,
began the discussion by
questioning the nature ofbusiness
that fellow board member, Rev.
Thomas Banks, had claimed was
unfinished. Banks stated that the
vacancy left 2 months ago by
former Planning and Zoning
Chairperson, Paul Standish, had
to filled and that Vice-
Chairperson, Ms. Martha Ward,
should be the first candidate
considered for the position. "I've
never seen a board go on so long
without filling the spot that
chairperson left when he
resigned," stated Banks, "and
since she (Martha Ward) is vice-
chairman and unless someone has
a vendetta against her...she
should be given the first chance of
having the position; or state your
reasons why not-but she (Ward)
cannot be the chair if she's in
discretion. Someone else will have
to carry on the motions." Board
member, George Wood insisted
that Ms. Ward should not be
pushed into accepting the position
if she was not ready to do so. Rev.
Banks then asked to be allowed to
assume the chairperson's position
and was reluctantly obliged by
Ms. Ward. "I think that we should
give her (Ward) every opportunity
to become the chairman and let

Rev. Banks
her state ter reasons why not
now." Ms. Laura Macy then made
a motion to nominate Ward and
fellow board member Bailey
Chumney, seconded Macy's
motion. After a brief discussion
and a reluctant acceptance of the
nomination by Ms. Ward, the
board voted unanimously in favor
of Ward's nomination. "I still don't
feel comfortable or adequate with
the position," stated Ward. Rev.
Banks assured Ward, "you will
have an entire board to help you
with your duties."
Upon Ward's nomination, board
member, Shirley Walker
nominated George Wood to fill
Ward's vacant Vice-Chairperson's

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position. Macy seconded the
motion and Wood accepted the
nomination. The board then voted
unanimously to elect George Wood
as Vice-Chairperson.
After Wood's nomination, the
board proceeded with its' regular
business. Seven agenda items
were passed and one was tabled.
At the meeting's close, Rev. Banks
stated happily that he had just
turned 74 years old the day prior.

Anim gal




By Rene Topping
Members of the Animal Control
Authority Instructed the
temporary animal control officer
Eddie McClaln; to begin
immediately enforcing the leash
law that is a part of the animal
control ordinance. McClain was
told to find owners of dogs running
alone or in packs on the streets of
the county and issue warning
citations to them. If the warnings
are ignored then the officer will
give owners citations on violations
of the law.
The members of the authority said
that the aim is not to pick up a
large amount of dogs but to help
in the education process informing
the residents of the ordinance
before beginning active citing of
The members also took up the

budget for the following year.
According to Betty Taylor Webb,
acting as secretary treasurer of
the Authority, the budget request
will be raised for both cities by
$500 to take care of running the
shelterand provisions. The county
willbe asked to contribute $25,000
to take care of salaries for the
animal control officer and a part-
time kennel worker.
It was also suggested that the
inmates of the Correctional
Institution may be able to be used
as helpers in cleaning the shelter,
kennels and feeding the animals.


To Begin

Work With

The Franklin

County Adult



By Brian Goercke
The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program (FCARP) will be
joined on 14 June with a new
VISTA (Volunteers in Service to
America). The program has chosen
Howard Groesbeck (AKA Jack
Dakota) of Apalachicola to fill the
position that was left vacant on 22
May. Mr. Dakota will begin his
work with FCARP after completing
a Pre-Service Orientation
Workshop in Birmingham,
Dakota will take a primary role in
coordinating FCARP's reading
classes at the Franklin Work
Camp. Other duties will include
identifying and recruiting students
and tutors for the program as well
as helping to coordinate the
program's Basic Reading
Workshops. "I welcome this
opportunity to guide FCARP's
adults andyouth along the exciting
journey of reading and writing,
said Dakota. Jane Cox, Literacy
Coordinator for FCARP, said, "We
believe that his many talents will
likely enhance our literacy

The animal control officer will ;" : "'''.'H" *
work from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 P.M.
on a five day a week basis.
Emergency animal calls will be a
taken-by the sheriffs department
on weekends. Dog bites or dog Since his arrival in January of
attacks will be considered to be .'94, Jack Dakota has taken an
emergency calls. Anofficerwillbe active role in coordinating civic
dispatched to take Information on events within Franklin County.
the bite. All animal bites should Dakota has organized chess
be seen by a doctor. In the event tournaments andhas formed an
thatthe owner can be found he or '-independent theater -group
she will have to show proof that entitled The Forgotten Coast
the animals current on Its' rabies Theatre. Mr. Dakota has a strong
shots. background in creative writing and
o ToJournalism. He looks forward to
using his coordinating and writing
skills for FCARP.

Lanark Village Water

& Sewer District

Board Meets

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Lanark Village Water & Sewer District (LVW&SD) Board met
Tuesday, 24 May at Chilas Hall. Eight District property owners also
attended the meeting. Treasurer Harold Sparks reported revenue of
$17,334, with $17,500 budgeted; expenses of $19,032, with $17,500
budgeted; total restricted funds $127,955; total unrestricted funds
$53,220; and total in the bank, $74,725.
After the reading of the minutes of the 26 April meeting by Office
Manager Janet Dorrier, Sparks objected to a portion of the record in
which Dorrier read that at the 26 April meeting Sparks made a motion
that the Board purchase, for use as office space, property owned by
Pete Richardson. Sparks denied that he made the motion, and when
Chairman of the Board Carl Bailey asked Sparks who did make the
motion, Sparks said that Bailey did. Bailey asked Dorrier to change
the minutes to show that he, Bailey, made the motion and that Sparks
seconded the motion. Sparks was irritated when a Franklin County
Chronicle reporter received Bailey's attention and said that, according
to a tape of the April meeting, Sparks had made the motion. A man said
he did not attend the April meeting and did not hear the motion or he
would have "raised helll" A woman across the room said, "We did. It
didn't do any good."
The Board agreed that Bailey would write a letter to Farmers Home
Administration (FmHA) District II Director Jerry W. Ausley to approve
that Ausley release to property owner Jeannette Pedder copies of
various forms and letters that she had requested. Ausley's letter
requested an approval or denial letter from Bailey because the State
Freedom of Information Office required FmHAto release the information
to Pedder subject to written permission from the LVW&SD.
Bailey read what he described as an agreement to sell personal
property that he had written to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Richardson telling
them that the District had voted unanimously to purchase their
property at a monthly basis, $200 per month for 209 months (17 years,
5 months). The District's present lease on the Richardson's property
expires at the end of May 1994, Bailey said, and the first payment on
the purchase of the building and land will be 1 June 1994. Attorneys
for the District recommended to Bailey that the agreement be a little
more detailed and that Bailey make a few changes, because the
agreement Bailey read was to sell personal property and the District

wl eam upIfo a t ad

Poetry Reading At Eastpoint
Eileen Annie and JoAn McHaffey
will team up for a poetry reading
on 14 June at the Eastpoint
branch of the Franklin County
Library. The reading will begin at
7:00 P.M. The event is being
sponsored by the Wilderness Coast



13, SHE'S A



By Carol Ann Hawkins
Wewahitchka High School has an
athletic program that emphasizes
girl's sports as much as boy's
sports, and according to Track
Coach Don Rich, the District 1-A
school has several 7th, 8th, and
9th grade girls who' are "terrific
atheletes."Jay Bidwell is the cross-
country coach. Among these is 13
year old Nicole Lance, a 7th Grader
who recently participated in the
Florida High School Athletic
Association State 1-A Track Meet
in Gainesville at the University of
Florida track. If not the youngest,
she was one oftheyoungestfemale
athletes to run at the meet.
In order to compete in the state
meet, an athlete must finish first
or second in the district. Nicole
finished second in the district
low-meter hurdles and second in
the 300-Meters. Other schools in
the district are Greensboro,
FAMU, Graceville, Sneads,
Grandridge, Chatahoochee,
Liberty County, and McClay. At
the state meet in Gainesvile on
Friday, 6 May, athletes
participated in two preliminary
heats, with eight runners in each
heat, and of the 16 total
participants, only eight would
qualify to run in the main heat
that evening. Nicole ran in the
first heat and finished 6th at 53:17
seconds, but after the second heat
was finished, she placed ninth
overall, so she did not qualify to
run in the finals. "But to have the
ninth best time, for a 7th Grader,
is still outstanding," Coach Rich
"If she stays with track, by the
time she's a senior she's got a
good chance of winning at state. If
she has any weakness, (it is) that
she needs to push herself a little
harder. She does have outstanding
ability. She's a natural athlete,
Rich said.
Encouraged by her mother,
Sandra Flowers, Nicole ran the
Cross-Country at the beginning
of the 1993 school term and came
in 10th in her district. Her best
time, she said, is 13:26. (The girls
run two miles, and the boys run
three miles.) In other district track
meets, she won the 110 Meter

High-Hurdle once and the 300
MeterLow-Hurdle twice. She's also
run the 400 Meter Dash and won
once. Rich said.
Nicole is 5'3, has pretty blue eyes,
beautiful long, blond hair and is
soft-spoken and polite. Her step-
Father, has been the Wayne
Flowers Athletic Director at
Wewahitchka High School for the
past two years, and prior to that
he was the head football coach at
Carrabelle High School. Nicole is
originally from Carrabelle and is
the grand-daughter of life-time
Franklin County residents Charles
and Carolyn Smith. Charles is a
Florida Power Corporation retiree
and Carolyn has been employed
by Gulf State Bank'for 25 years.
Nicole has a 9-year-old brother,
Adam, who plays Little League.
ball, and a six-month-old sister,
Taylor. Her father, John Lance,
resides in Houston, Texas.
The State 1-A Track Meet in
Gainesville wraps it up, as far as
this year goes, but Nicole said she
plans to practice this summer for
Cross-Country. At her young age,
she also looks to the future, and
after she graduates from high
school, she'd like to attend
Parson's Art School in New York.
Grandmother Carolyn, who was
across the room busily attending
to the needs of baby Taylor, froze
in mid-stride when she heard
Nicole's calm and confident
statement about attending the art
school. Art School? Aren't we
talking about the Olympics here?
Nicole shrugged off the idea that
she could some day run in the
National Olympic games, but
Coach Rich did not dismiss the
idea completely. "Someday, when
the light kicks on, she'll realize
just how good she can be," he
said. Nicole's decision to practice
for the Cross-Country this
summer definitely puts her on the
right track if Olympic games are
to included in her future. And
according to her grandmother,
Nicole also has a natural talent for
art, putting the 13-year-old on
another right track that runs
parallel to the other one. It seems
obvious that the lights are already
beginning to click on for Nicole
Lance and that she is responding
very well to the glow.
Coach Rich describes the girl's
athletic program at Wewahitchka
High Schoolas "outstanding," and-
he emphasized that Nicole is just
one of several exceptional female
athletes at the school. Schools
that are classified I-A may be
smaller in regard to the number of
students, but when it comes to
quality competition, they can
match any school in the state.

is dealing with real property. Attorneys will draw tip a more specific
agreement that will detail such things as closing costs, survey of the
property, termite inspection, etc. A motion was made to table this'
matter until the June meeting, but voting on the motion was delayed
when a spat erupted between Sparks and a property owner.
The property owner said that he would like to ask why the Board
thought they were in a better position paying $200 per month for 17
years plus taxes and other expenses "that the land-owner is already
responsible for." Sparks replied that if the District didn't buy the
property, they would be paying $200 per month rent anyway and
probably more. The customer said that he knew that the District had'
not paid more than $200 per month for the last 10 years and he asked
Sparks how much the addition of taxes and the expense of a new roof
would add to the present amount of $200 monthly that the District now
pays in rent. Sparks then said, "You won't even let us hold a meeting.
You always want to argue and fight and argue and fight. It's been that
way ever since I've been on this Board, and thank God, when the end
of this year comes, you can have it back." The property owner told
SSparks, "I don't want it, but I'm glad you're leaving." Then, the same
man questioned the fact that the District "is in the hole $1,700 this
month, and you want to go buy a building? That's ridiculous." Sparks
asked the man how purchasing the property would make it any worse.
The two men were reminded that a motion was on the floor to table any,
decision until the next meeting, and finally, the Board voted that the
matter would, indeed, be tabled until June.
As the meeting neared adjournment, Sparks asked the property
owners why they had not questioned the Board about a letter some of
them had received "from the House of Representatives." Sparks was
referring to a 28April letterwritten byF. Allen Boyd, Jr., Representative,
10th District, to a Lanark Village property owner in response to a letter
the property owner had written to him in February regarding the
creation of the LVW&SD Board, its powers, and the current status of
the Utility Board. In the letter, Boyd wrote that the LVW&S Utility
Board "was created by the Board of County Commissioners of Franklin
County in 1973...is an Independent Special District, created by the
county commissioners, meaning that any changes in its structure,
powers, or duties should originate from within the county." The letter
further disclosed that an ordinance passed by the Board of County
Commissioners of Franklin County authorized the Utility Board to
"create its own ordinances to set water and sewer rates, establish its
own rules to operate under, and levy taxes and fees as necessary."
Boyd, referring to SB 1388, which passed the Legislature on 9 April
1994, wrote in the letter that the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) would provide for up to 100 percent of the costs of
"planning, designing, constructing, upgrading orreplacingwastewater
collection, transmission, treatment, disposal and reuse facilities,
including legal and administrative expenses" and that small
communities such as Lanark Village "could be helped to provide
adequate sewer service to its residents without straining fiscal
Sparks told the property owners that Boyd's letter "didn't suit you so
damn good, did it?" and said that, for one thing, the letter disclosed
that the LVW&SD could levy a 5-Mill tax. When several customers told
Sparks that they were "already well aware of that," Sparks told them
they weren't aware of everything that's contained in the letters "or you
wouldn't have sent for it.
The next meeting of the Lanark Village Water & Sewer District Board
will be at 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, 28 June at Chilas Hall in the Village.

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Coordinator, provides transportation to the general public
and to persons eligible under the following programs:

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5. Developmental Services

All transportation arrangements require a minimum 24-hour notice. To
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the office, located at 133 Highway 98 West, Apalachicola.

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Page 10 26 May 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th




C-3 or R-1?
Citing a possible scrivener's error
on zoning near the Sportsman
Lodge on Magnolia Drive in
Eastpoint, County Planner Alan
Pierce described a dilemma
involving property owned by
Robert Allen (Sportsman's Lodge
owner) and surrounding
residential. The approved zoning
maps show a portion of the lodge
tobe R-l, including that of his
neighbor, Commissioner Dink
Braxton. RobertAllen insisted that
all of his property was zoned C-3,
commercial, despite the mixed
zoning, residential and
commercial. As tempers rose, the
Commissioners finally voted to
turn the problem over to County
Planner Pierce and County
Attorney Al Shuler for
recommendations at the next
St. Vincent Lake Renovation/
Vandalized Structure/Fish Kill
Due to drought conditions, a
vandalized water control structure
and lake renovation efforts a fish
kill occurred on 2 June 1994, in
Lakes 1, 2, 3, and 4.

to use Oyster Pond. To date,
Oyster Pond has provided excellent
fishing. Also, Lake 5 is available
to fishermen, and fishing is good.
Lake renovation efforts are
directed toward long-term benefits
which favors the establishment
and maintenance of more
desirable marshland emergent
vegetation. Without renovation,
cattails would continue to be the
dominant marsh plant. Also,
without provisions for flushing,
lakes and connecting water
channels would continue to
become shallower, and more
sediment build-up would occur
from the submergent plant growth.
Cattails would continue to slowly
expand their growth over the lake
area, as the lakes become
shallower. The fisheries-resource
would reach a point within a 15-
30 year period where there would
eventually be a loss of this
resource. The St. Vincent Creek
water control structure will be
closed on 30 June 1994, as
St. Vincent Free Fishing Days
In observance of National Fishing
Week 6-12 June 1994, St. Vincent
National Wildlife Refuge Will offer
free freshwater fishing days
announced Refuge Manager
Donald J. Kosin. These days will
coincide with the State of Florida
free freshwater fishing days which
will be 11-12 June 1994. All
fishermen are encouraged to take
advantage of this special

Fishing opportunities will be opportunitywithouthavingtob
reduced in Lakes 1, 2, 3, and 4 a fishing license.
and it is suggested by refuge staff I
Public Counsel Pre-Filed Testimony in
St. George Rate Case, Continued from page 2
expense categories wlcia are signiicantuyatove the industry
average, and question the Company concerning these large
Q. Let's turn to the next section of your testimony. Would
you please discuss the issue of affiliate transactions?
A. Yes. Mr. Gene Brown, the manager and effective owner of St.
George Island Utility Company, Ltd., is associated with
numerous (eight) other entities. Most, if not all of these
companies, operate out of the same administrative office as
SGU. These other companies currently appear to have no
paid staff, other than possibly Mr. Brown and his assistant
Ms. Chase.
The two companies which appear to have the most significant
operations, other than SGU, are Armada Bay Company and
Gene D. Brown, P.A. The former company is a management
services company, of which Mr. Brown is president, secretary,
director and management consultant. This company
supposedly manages SGU. During the testyear, the Company
is requesting thatArmada Bay Company be paid $48,000 for
the management services provided by Mr. Brown.
The second company is Mr. Brown's law practice ofwhich Mr.
Brown is president, secretary, and director. The Company is
requesting that Mr. Brown be compensated for $24,000 of
non-rate case related legal services to be rendered to the
Company. In addition, the Company has requested recovery
of $20,000 associated with legal services provided by Mr.
Brown in connection with litigating the instant rate case.
The other companies which operate out of SGU's Tallahassee
administrative offices include the Tallahassee Yacht Club,
Inc., which is apparently inactive; Plantation Realty, Inc., a
real estate marketing company, which is supposedly inactive;
G. Brown & Company, which is supposedly inactive; St.
George's Plantation, Inc., which is the corporate general
partner of Leisure Properties, Ltd.; Leisure Development,
Inc., which is also a corporate general partner of Leisure
Properties, Ltd.; and Leisure Properties, Ltd., which is the
general partner of St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.
[Response to OPC's Interrogatory 12 .1
Q. Are there any costs shared between SGU and these other
A. SGU has no formal mechanism to either allocate or assign
costs between the Utility and these other companies. The
Company, however, did assign a few costs to the non-utility
entities. Specifically, SGU assumed that Ms. Chase, Mr.
Brown's assistant, worked 11.25 hours for Mr. Brown and
his other affiliates, and 33.75 hours for the Utility. Based
upon this assumption, the Utility paid $24,000 of Ms.
Chase's salary and Mr. Brown's law office paid $8,240. In
addition to this assignmentofcosts, as a proformaadjustment,
SGU assigned 50% of the cost of the electricity to SGU and
50% to the law office. This split may be based upon the fact
that SGU's office accounts for 750 square feet and the law
office, which is directly above SGU office, also accounts for
750 square feet.
The Company also has assigned some of the lease cost of the
office space to Mr. Brown's other affiliates. Currently, the
Utility's office is leased from Armada Bay Company for $750
a month. There is no written lease agreement between the
Utility and Armada Bay Company. Mr. Brown, apparently
through Armada Bay Company, has a lease/purchase
agreement with Three Over, Inc. for both the office space
occupied by the Utility as well as Mr. Brown's law office and
other businesses. According to the lease agreement, the
monthly rental rate is $625.00, plus $150 per month for ad
valorem taxes, and $125 per month for association dues.
[Gene Brown Late Filed Deposition Exhibit 3.] Using these
figures implies that 83% [$625.00 + $150.00 + $125.00 =
$900.00. $.750 / $900 = 83%] of the cost of the total office
space is charged to SGU and 17% is charged to Mr. Brown's
other affiliates.
9. Do you believe these cost assignments are adequate?
A. No, I do not. The administrative staff of SGU and Mr. Brown
assist with the management and operation of Mr. Brown's
other companies. For example, the Utility receptionist and
other support staff answer the phone for SGU as well as other
companies. Likewise, his staff runs errands for Mr. Brown
and his other companies. They make copies and send and
receive faxes for Mr. Brown's other companies. Despite this,
all salaries, wages, and benefits for SGU's administrative
support staff (except Ms. Chase) are paid by the Utility. There
is no allocation of costs between the Utility and Mr. Brown's
These other companies also use the same telephone lines fax
machine, copier, and cellular phone as the Company. With
the exception of the cellular phone, all are used free of charge.
It is interesting to note that the copier and fax machine were
previously owned by Armada Bay Company. They were sold
to SGU in 1992-the test year. Prior to the test year, the
management fee of $48,000 per year charged to the Utility
included the use of the copier, fax machine, and some billing
software. These assets are now owned by SGU, but there was
no reduction in the management fee charged to SGU.
SGU is also charged for 100% of storage space rented at Fort
Knox, despite the fact that there are records from Mr.
Brown's other businesses stored at this facility. [Mr. Brown's
Deposition, pp. 43-44.]
9. Does the Company keep records to properly account for
the sharing of facilities and personnel?
A. No. There is no maintenance of time records, copying logs, or
fax logs which would allow the Commission to objectively
determine how much time is spent on SGU operations versus
the non-utility operations.
To Be Continued In The Next Issue


Choosing Home-

Buying Professionals

By Judy Corbus
For many people, buying a house can seem overwhelming and
confusing. Where do I begin? Who is involved in the process? Whom
should I contact? These questions are especially common among first-
time home buyers. When purchasing real estate, there are six home
professionals that are often hired to assist with the transaction.
A real estate agent can be very useful in locating the best house to meet
your needs and budget. Look for an experienced agent who works
mainly in the area in which you are interested and who can access a
computerized multiple-listing service. This service compiles a list of
houses that meet your needs and requirements.
Keep in mind, however, that real estate agents usually represent the
seller, not the buyer. They are paid a commission by the seller for their
services, usually 6-7% of the home's sale price. As such, they want to
sell homes quickly and at the highest possible price.
When working with a real estate agent, never let a second agent show
you a house that another agent has already shown you. If you decide
to make an offer on a house, avoid discussing your negotiation strategy
with the agent. Assume that anything you say to the agent will be
passed on to the seller. The listing agent represents the seller and has
a legal obligation to represent their interest. Don't appear anxious to
buy the house, even though you really like it -- this could hinder you
in negotiating a price. Finally, do not sign anything without first
reading it very carefully.
Once you have signed an "offer to purchase" on a house, you should
arrange for a professional inspection by a home inspector. In fact, a
satisfactory building inspection report should be included as a
contingencyin your contract. The purpose of the inspection is to detect
any problems in the house before the sale is completed. If problems
are found, the buyer can negotiate an adjustment in the purchase
price, get the seller to agree to pay for the repairs, or terminate the
purchase agreement and receive a refund on his or her deposit.
The home inspector should be a member of the American Society of
Home Inspectors (ASH) and preferably have PE (Professional Engineer)
after his or her name. If possible, plan to accompany the inspector on
the inspection, which usually takes two hours. You can learn
maintenance tips, ask questions, and better understand the extent of
any problems.
The inspection should include an evaluation of the following;
foundations, doors and windows, roof, electrical systems, heating and
air conditioning systems, ceilings, walls, floors, insulation, ventilation,
septic tanks, wells or sewer lines, and common areas (if a condominium
or cooperative.)
The inspector's report should be detailed and include:
Major problems and estimated costs to correct;
Minor problems and estimated costs to repair; and
Estimates of the expected life of items such as roof, furnace,
electrical system, air conditioning, appliances, and costs of
Even thoughyou, the buyer, will have to payfor the inspection, it is well
worth the time and money to avoid unpleasant surprises later on. You
also can move ahead with the purchase with confidence and peace of
A professional appraisal of the market value of the house and property
is required by the lender for a house loan. This determines the size
mortgage the lender is willing to loan you. If the appraised value is
lower than the agreed-upon purchase price, you can withdraw your
offer if the contract includes such a clause. As a rule, the lender
arranges for the property appraisal. An appraisal for a conventional
loan on a three-bedroom, two-bath house usually costs between $250
and $300 and is included in the closing costs.
It is wise to have a property survey completed to be certain that
property boundaries are clearly defined. This can eliminate problems
later on should you decide to erect a fence or add on to the house. An
average four-comer residential lot survey usually runs between $150
and $300. Large, irregularly shaped lots may cost more. For an
additional fee, you can have stakes placed in the ground to define your
property line.
A real estate attorney performs the following:
Drafts and/or reviews the sale contract.
Represents you and makes sure all documents are fair and
Arranges the title search and property survey. The title search
checks for any liens on the property and certifies that the title
to the property is clear for sale.
Closes the sale. The attorney handles all documents, prepares
and has all sale documents signed, and records the deed and
mortgage at the county clerk's office.
Finally, the mortgage' lender is the institution that loans the buyer
money to purchase the house. Different lenders offer different interest
rates, services, fees, and terms so shop around and compare. You may
begin with the bank at which you do business. Other lenders to
investigate include mutual savings banks, savings and loans,
commercial banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, and private
Just as you would shop for a car, shop around and ask questions
before you hire a home professional. Ask friends for recommendations.
Compare prices and services. Remember, home professionals are
there to helplyou with the purchase of your home. With their
assistance, you can purchase a house that will meet your needs and
hopefully give you years of enjoyment!
Judy Corbus is the Multi-County SHIP Home Economics
Extension Agent with the University of Florida, Franklin
County Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative
Extension Service provides educational information and other
services to individuals without regard to race, color, sex, age,
handicap, or national origin. For more information, contact
the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service at (904)
653-9337. (V/TDD, via the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-



Lewis David Critton. Sr.

By Lisa More
Lewis David Critton Sr., 50, of
Apalachicola, Florida, died
Tuesday on 24 May 1994 at the
U.S.A. Medical Center in Mobile,
The funeral service was held at
3:00 P.M. on Saturday 28 May
1994 in St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
A native of Apalachicola, Critton
was employed as a carpenter.
Survivers include his wife, Anettee
Critton of Apalachicola; four
children, J. Lewis David Critton,
Jr. of Olustee, Florida, Janet
Critton of Jacksonville, Florida,
Samuel Joseph Critton and
Le'Andra Critton, both of
Apalachicola. He is also survived
by two brothers, Ammie Critton of
Atlanta, Georgia and Sylvester
Critton of Jacksonville, Florida;
two sisters, Mildred Newman and
Gwendolyn Green, both of
Duncanville, Georgia; and four

system is investigating your
allegations. The city clerk
authorized Mr. Branch to use the
gas (anf allegation of Switzer's on
gas theft) since he used his own
personal vehicle to move their
equipment. I wish we could get all
city employees to drive their gas
for five dollars. We wouldn't have
to pay for insurance or anything
else. Other than that, we're still
waiting on the Work Camp's
The final agenda item was a
decision on whether to continue
financial support of the Sixth
Street Lodge or to sell it.
, Commissioner Hill made a motion

the coast. Lively said- that there
was quite a bit of work in it besides
the roof, as the antenna would
have to be taken down and
repositioned on a new platform.
The old roof will be totally stripped
and all rotten wood will be
replaced. Commissioner Jim
Phillips moved that the city accept
the bid, and the bid was awarded
to Lively.
Carrabelle resident Jimmie Tyre
sparked lively discussion when
she asked for permission to
operate a small beauty parlor
business in her home, which is
located in Keoughs Addition. She
is in an R2 district which does not
at present permit "cottage
industry"-type businesses. After
consideration commissioners
decided to advertise to add
conditional use as a cottage
industry in all the R2 zones in the
city, to the ordinance, rather than
give a variance.
Speaking on Ms. Tyre's request,
Commissioner Raymond WiUiams
said, "It's not only her. If we are
going to change the planning and
zoning ordinance, maybe
somebody else in a different part
'of town may not want the cottage
industry in R2." Attorney Bill
Webster advised the
commissioners, "The way to
approach it is to treat it as a
conditional use in an R2 zone and
then have people come to apply
where you keep some control over
what it is they want to do and
where is it that they want to do it."
The matter will be advertised and
interested people can attend the
next regular meeting in July.
Commissioners decided not to
approve either of the options on
the school crossing on U.S. 98
and instead submit a proposal
that the school zone be enlarged
to extend up to the crest of the hill
and put school crossing signs and
lights east of the crossing.
This proposal will be made by
letter to the school board.

Interment was held in Magnolia
Cemetery. Funeral arrangements
were Provided by Holmes-
Middlebrooks Funeral Home,

Ruth H. Yates
RuthH. Yates, 85, of Carrabelle,
died Saturday, 30 April, in
Carrabelle. A native of Carrabelle,
she was also a former resident of
Tallahassee and was retired from
the state Department of Motor
Mrs. Yates is survived by two sons,
E. Ray Solomon of Tallahassee and
Roy H. Solomon of Apalachicola; a
daughter, Kay Strickland of
Woodville; four grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 3
P.M. Sunday, 1 May, at Evergreen
Cemetery in Carrabelle.
Arrangements were by Holmes-
Middlebrooks Funeral Home in
Memorial contributions may be
made to the American Cancer
Society, 1204 Miccosukee Road,
Tallahassee, FL 32308.

to sell the lodge but the
commission agreed rather to
research the matter further to find
if the lodge would yield profits in
the future.
On a final note, Mayor Howell
made a motion to give a seafood
dinner to the city workers as well
as the Franklin Work Camp
inmates (a 6-crew squad) who have
worked to beautify the Franklin
County area. The dinner is not to
exceed $300.00. The commission
voted unanimously and Mayor
Howell concluded, "These young
kids, most of them are there for
minor offenses...and I think we
should pay back those guys for
what they've done for us."

Another decision made was that
houses built in RI zones after the
date of this meeting will have to be
at least 1,000 square feet in size.
In addition, on a related matter,
the commissioners approved a first
reading of an ordinance that would
make a minimum size of 1,000
square feet for homes in an A-l

In other business:
* The commissioners declined to
acceptresponsibilityfor payment
of the Florida Power Service on a
light placed at the Timber Island
Sewer Lift Station.
* Declared the week of 5 June to
10 June as "Safe Boating Week."
* Approved the change in
membership on the Recreation
Committee from ten active
members to five active and five
alternates, with a quorum of
three members present;
Commissioners will still each
select two people and decide
which person will be active,
which alternate.
* Gave their approval on reroofing
the lift station on 12th Street
West near the TillieMillerBridge.
* Commissioner Buz Putnal
reported that the deficits in the
"kiddie park" that had been
written up by the state have all
been corrected.
* Turned down a request from Ray
Turner to install a doublewide
mobile home, new or nearly new,
in place of a single wide on a lot
in PickettsAddition that is zoned
* Commissioners gave their
approval for a building permit to
be issued for a 200-foot tower for
cellular phone use to be placed
on land leased from Randy

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Carrabelle City, Continued from page 1




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