Collier Commission notes:Commission asks county attorney to research veterans' solicitation

Tom Henning, District 3 Collier County Commissioner

Tom Henning, District 3 Collier County Commissioner

The Collier County Commissioners want to make sure that any moratorium they put on solicitation in the streets is legal.

The commissioners unanimously approved asking County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow to research the constitutionality of provisions in the county’s solicitation ordinances and Commission Chairman Fred Coyle’s desire to enact a six-month solicitation moratorium. Coyle also wants to amend the county’s solicitation ordinance to require that people seeking donations for causes be required to have signs and register with the county.

In addition, the motion will require that solicitors have proof of permission to be on private property.

Commissioner Georgia Hiller, who made the request, wanted to ensure that any existing provisions and future proposals would not infringe on someone’s First Amendment rights nor would it open the county to legal challenges.

Coyle said Hiller’s request was common practice for the attorney, who reviews all proposed legislation for potential legal issues beforehand.

“I made the motion to support it because it is what we are going to do anyway,” he said.

Coyle’s proposed solicitation moratorium will come before commissioners at their Dec. 13 meeting.

Henning running for fourth term

Commissioner Tom Henning has filed the paperwork with the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office to seek a fourth term.

Henning, a Republican, represents District 3, which includes Golden Gate City. By filing the paperwork, Henning can now begin to fundraise for his reelection bid.

Henning will face Republican Bill McDaniel in the primary, which will be held Aug. 14, 2012. McDaniel has raised more than $11,600 in his bid to win the District 3 seat.

County to make final payment to Atkins North America

Collier County will make the final payment on a consultant’s contract that had raised concerns about the county’s purchasing policies.

Commissioners voted Tuesday, without comment, to approve the $42,000 payment to Atkins North America Inc., formerly known as PBS&J, for work to get a state permit for dredging Clam Pass in North Naples.

Collier Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock had questioned the payment because it was for work done after the contract had expired. After a review, Brock agreed the payment was legal.

Critics of the contract also had complained that change orders since 2007 had ballooned the cost of the contract from $25,000 to almost $195,000 and had exceeded the scope of the original contract.

Brock said he would pay the invoice only if the county stopped its practice of issuing work orders under expired contracts.

Clerk's office honored

The Collier County Commissioners honored the finance and accounting department of Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock’s office Tuesday for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the 25th year the Clerk’s Office has received the honor.

Dwight Brock

Dwight Brock

"This milestone stands as a tribute to our staff’s professionalism and dedication in serving the citizens of Collier County," Brock said in a statement.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The Clerk’s Office received this award as a result of its Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) submitted for fiscal 2010.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit professional association serving 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington DC.

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