Tuesday marks DeLaney, Bradley's last County Commission meeting

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.

Alachua County Commissioner Paula DeLaney will chair her last regular commission meeting today as she ticks off the final days of her 20-year career in local politics.

DeLaney, who has served on the County Commission since 2004, will leave the commission as her newly elected replacement, Democrat Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, begins his new term next week. She also served on the Gainesville City Commission from 1992 to 2001.

Hutchinson, who served on the board from 1998-2002, will be sworn in as county commissioner on Nov. 20 at a 9 a.m. ceremony along with re-elected Commissioner Mike Byerly and state Rep. Charles S. “Chuck” Chestnut IV, communications coordinator Mark Sexton said.

Chestnut will take the District 5 seat previously occupied by former Commissioner Rodney Long and now filled by Commissioner Winston Bradley.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Bradley, a Republican, to the commission in February to fill the vacancy left by Long, a Democrat, who stepped down in December 2011.

Today’s meeting also will be Bradley’s final one as a commissioner.

The County Commission will convene at 9 this morning and again at 5 p.m. for a public hearing.

In the morning, commissioners are scheduled to decide whether to follow the county staff recommendation to opt out of a state septic system inspection program, according to the commission meeting agenda.

Counties with one or more first-magnitude springs, which pump 65 million gallons of fresh water a day, either must adopt the program or choose to opt out of it.

Alachua County has three: the Hornsby, Treehouse and Santa Fe Rise Springs, all of them along the Santa Fe River.

The program is meant to help prevent septic tank pollution of the springs, but eligible homeowners would have to pay for the mandatory inspections every five years.

Of the 18 other Florida counties with such springs, 11 had opted out of the program as of October.

Contact Morgan Watkins at 352-338-3104 or morgan.watkins@gvillesun.com.

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