Walton County Sheriff's Office Major Joe Preston told commissioners that WCSO is in the process of conducting a comprehensive security assessment of county facilities and commissioners will be contacted to address their safety concerns.
Commissioner Cecilia Jones asked Preston if taking this measure is the result of the Vegas shootings or due to county offices being on lockdown for 10 days beginning Oct. 9.
Preston said both.
"Things become personal and it's important that you are safe and feel free to govern," he said.
Louis Svehla, public information manager for the BCC, said that certain locations of the county were placed on lockdown beginning Oct. 9 due to an internal employee safety issue.
During the meeting, District 3 Commissioner Melanie Nipper presented a resolution honoring veterans and naming November as Veterans' Month.
Before reading the resolution Nipper thanked Deputy County Administrator Dede Hinote for coming up with it.
"It was her idea," said Nipper, noting that 7,000 veterans call Walton County home. The resolution was adopted.
In other business at Tuesday's meeting:
• Gulf Pines subdivision on U.S. Highway 98 in Miramar Beach will be getting a guard shack that can also be used by Walton County Sheriff's Office.
County Administrator Larry Jones received a request from the Gulf Pines Associates Homeowners Association asking to be allowed to construct a small guard shack in the right of way into their subdivision.
"They feel a facility at the entrance will provide more security and can also be used by deputies in that area," he said.
The HOA will raise funds for the project.
Jones said there is sufficient room on the site to construct and it should not impede the flow of traffic.
Walton County Commissioners voted to pass the motion.
• Commissioners voted to accept Sandestin Investments' indemnity agreement with its homeowners to adjust its Notice Of Proposed change ordinance.
• The Kaiya development on the east end of 30A requested to apply the calculated proportionate fair share cost associated with the project to proposed improvements for County Highway 30A within the project limits. The proportionate fair share amount calculated for the original Development Order approval was $558,600, which included impacts to three deficient segments of 30A. The proposed right of way improvements are estimated to be in excess of $2 million.
"They are asking you waive their proportionate fair share," County Attorney Sidney Noyes told Commissioners.
Scott Jenkins, the engineer for the project, said his client is proposing a widening of the roadway at WaterSound Parkway, creating a median, and a left-turn lane into the project.
The developer will maintain all storm water improvements.
Walton County Engineering Services Manager Greg Graham said providing turn lanes on 30A and providing multi-use paths will be an improvement to the corridor.
A 10-foot multi-use path on the north side and landscaping would be compatible.
District 1 Commissioner Bill Chapman made the motion to allow and waive the original proportionate fair-share agreement if the development acknowledges they have to maintain that section. The motion passed.
• A workshop will be held with Seaside Institute on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the County Annex to explore a multi-modal transit system and what it might look like on 30A.
"What would it take to put a first-class system on 30A," asked Seaside Institute's Jay Liles. "How do we get people out of their cars and into other means of transportation on 30A?"
Toyota America was one of the corporations represented at the Seaside event last week.
"We need to engage citizens and hear what type transportation they want to see," said Liles.
• Commission Chair Cecilia Jones announced that a Triumph meeting will be held Nov. 1 to discuss projects such as a Veteran's Lodge for the old Pickett property in DeFuniak Springs, and to explore the possibility of a veteran's hospital in Walton County, as well as a facility to train linemen for CHELCO Electric Cooperative.
"All these projects would bring jobs into Walton County," she said.
And speaking of jobs, Planning Director Mac Carpenter said his department has a backlog and he needs more staff.
"The storm water plan is where we have a real bottleneck," he said.