Staff recommends approval of the resolution supporting the reapportionment plan for the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization.
On October 28, 2009, the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Governing Board approved a Reapportionment Plan that will change the MPO area to include all of Sumter County. The reapportionment will also change the voting structure by giving the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners an additional vote, for a total of two votes, and by changing the membership status of the municipalities of Bushnell, Center Hill, Coleman, Webster and Wildwood from non-voting Ex-Officio members to At-large Representative board members with voting privileges that rotate among the member municipalities.
The reapportionment was proposed after the MPO and the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners in 2005 and 2006 signed Interlocal agreements enhancing the MPO’s involvement in Sumter County’s transportation planning. The reapportionment process requires resolutions of support from each of the affected local governments representing at least 75 percent of the population in the metropolitan area and must include a resolution of support from the largest incorporated city (Clermont).
As a result, the MPO is seeking a resolution of support from each jurisdiction represented on the MPO Governing Board. After the executed resolutions are received, the plan will be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office for approval. New MPO Governing Board members must be appointed within 60 days from the date of the Governor’s approval.
1. Approve the resolution supporting the Reapportionment Plan; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
Approval of this Resolution has no fiscal impact on the City.
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA SUPPORTING THE REAPPORTIONMENT PLAN FOR THE LAKE-SUMTER METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, an Interlocal Agreement for creation of the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was entered on January 31, 2004, by and among the Florida Department of Transportation; the County of Lake and the County of Sumter; the Town of Astatula, City of Clermont, City of Eustis, City of Fruitland Park, City of Groveland, Town of Howey-in-the-Hills, Town of Lady Lake, City of Leesburg, City of Minneola, Town of Montverde, City of Mount Dora, City of Tavares and City of Umatilla; and
WHEREAS, the MPO planning area includes all of Lake County and the 2000 census designated urban area of The Villages in Sumter County; and
WHEREAS, the voting membership of the MPO currently is made up of five (5) members of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, one (1) designated county commissioner from the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners, one (1) representative each from the municipalities of Clermont, Eustis, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Minneola, Mount Dora and Tavares, and one (1) at-large vote that rotates alphabetically each year among the municipalities of Astatula, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Howey-in-the-Hills, Mascotte, Montverde and Umatilla; and
WHEREAS, the MPO is the duly designated and constituted body responsible for carrying out the urban transportation planning and programming process for the Lake-Sumter Planning Area; and
WHEREAS, the MPO has been providing countywide transportation planning services to Sumter County and has been providing transportation planning services to all the local governments within Sumter County; and
WHEREAS, in November 2005 the MPO entered into an Interlocal Agreement with Sumter County to coordinate their interest regarding the pursuit of Transportation Regional Incentive Program funding;
WHEREAS, in April 2006, through Interlocal Agreement, the City of Wildwood was added as an Ex-Officio member-government on the MPO Governing Board; and
WHEREAS, in June 2006, the MPO Governing Board and the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners entered into an Interlocal agreement to designate the MPO as their regional transportation planning entity for all of Sumter County; and
WHEREAS, in November 2007, the MPO Governing Board entered into an Interlocal agreement with Lake County and its 14 municipalities, Sumter County and the City of Wildwood for the purpose of creating, funding and implementing a Master Transportation Concurrency Management System Program; and
WHEREAS, in August 2008, through resolution, the City of Bushnell, City of Center Hill, City of Coleman and the City of Webster were added as Ex-Officio member-governments of the MPO Governing Board; and
WHEREAS, with the addition of the City of Bushnell, City of Center Hill, City of Coleman and City of Webster as Ex-Officio member-governments, all municipal governments within Sumter County are represented on the MPO Governing Board; and
WHEREAS, in December 2008, the MPO Governing Board approved Resolution 2008-29, authorizing the executive director to initiate the process of creating a Reapportionment Plan to expand the MPO area to include the remainder of Sumter County; and
WHEREAS, 23 C.F.R. 450.310(k) states that a MPO may be redesignated by an agreement between the Governor and local units of government representing 75 percent of the population in the area served by the existing MPO, including the largest incorporated city; and
WHEREAS, 23 C.F.R. 450.301(k) requires redesignation whenever a MPO (1) makes a substantial change in the proportion of its voting members, or (2) makes a substantial change in the decision making authority or responsibility of the MPO or in decision making procedures established in the MPO’s by-laws; and
WHEREAS, 339.175(4) F.S. requires a MPO seeking redesignation to submit a Reapportionment Plan that is comprised of a report that (1) identifies the current MPO membership; (2) identifies the proposed MPO membership and the methodology used to determine the proposed changes; (3) includes a map of the metropolitan planning area boundary; and (4) includes resolutions of support from each of the affected local units of government representing at least 75 percent of the population in the entire metropolitan area including the largest incorporated city; and
WHEREAS, the reapportionment would expand the MPO Area to include the remainder of Sumter County; and
WHEREAS, the reapportionment will change the MPO Governing Board voting structure by giving Sumter County Board of County Commissioners an additional vote and change the membership status of the Cities of Bushnell, Coleman, Webster and Wildwood from non-voting Ex-Officio members to At-Large Representative board members with voting privileges that rotate among the member municipalities in Sumter County each year in alphabetical order for one (1) year terms; and
WHEREAS, the reapportionment will increase the number of voting positions of the MPO Governing Board from fourteen (14) to sixteen (16); and
WHEREAS, on October 28, 2009, by unanimous vote, the MPO Governing Board provided approval of the Reapportionment Plan and authorized the executive director to request of each member government a Resolution of Support for the Reapportionment Plan.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Leesburg endorses the Reapportionment Plan approved by the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the 23rd day of November, 2009.