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File #: 20-2343A    Version: 1
Type: Contract/Agreement Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2020 Department: Parks and Conservation Resources
On agenda: 1/12/2021 Final action: 1/12/2021
Title: Update to the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for salary and fringe benefit expenses.
Attachments: 1. Fully Executed UF/IFAS MOU, 2. UF/IFAS MOU (09.12.05), 3. Reaffirmation Letter (10.09.19), 4. Pinellas County MOU_PE (10.29.20), 5. Contract-Rvw-Template-PCR-08-Dec-20-File ID 20-1310D-UFExtensionAgentsMOU (2)

Subject:

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Update to the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for salary and fringe benefit expenses.

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Recommended Action:

Recommended Action

Approval of the update to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) for salary and fringe benefit expenses.

 

                     The original MOU from 2005 has renewed every 5 years coupled with an annual reaffirmation letter. The updated MOU will supersede the 2005 version and eliminate the need for a separate reaffirmation letter each year.

                     The MOU provides for UF/IFAS payment of 40 percent of the annual salary and pooled fringe benefits for one director and six extension agents.

                     The MOU provides for UF/IFAS payment of 60 percent of the annual salary and pooled fringe benefits for one extension agent, with funding assistance through the Bushnell endowment.

                     The balance of expenses is covered in the departmental budget for Fiscal Year 2021.

                     The MOU work scope is to disseminate the UF/IFAS information and programs to the County’s citizens and visitors relating to horticulture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth, community and natural resource development, sustainability, and marine advisory programs.

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Strategic Plan:

Deliver First Class Services to the Public and our Customers
5.1 Maximize partner relationships and public outreach
5.2 Be responsible stewards of the public’s resources

 

Summary:

Summary

The MOU will enable UF/IFAS to provide salary and fringe benefits to County Extension employees.

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Background Information:

On September 15, 2005, the County entered into an MOU with UF/IFAS which established responsibilities and relationships that exist between the Extension Service and the County. The attached version will supersede the 2005 version. The payment of a percentage of the salary and pooled fringe benefits are part of the MOU.

 

Fiscal Impact:

Quarterly expenditure of $94,059.60 resulting in an annual expenditure of $376,238.41.  These costs are funded annually in the County Extension’s operating budget ($368,000.00). The remaining balance of $8,238.41 will be absorbed by the department’s existing budget.

 

Staff Member Responsible:

Paul Cozzie, Director, Parks and Conservation Resources
Jeffrey P. Gellermann, Director, County Extension

 

Partners:

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

 

Attachments:

UF/IFAS MOU dated September 12, 2005
Reaffirmation Letter dated October 9, 2019
Pinellas County MOU dated October 29, 2020