Recap of April 16th Meeting
Deputy Chief Robert Bell began our meeting by Swearing In our Newly Hired Law Enforcement Officers. Officer Ronnie Murchison and his beautiful family along with Officer Brad White and his girlfriend were sworn in as the newest members of the MDPD family.
2. The Mayor presented a Certificate of Recognition to J. T. Williams for his 12 Years of Service on the Northeast CRA Advisory Board and his years of commitment to the Northeast Community through his restaurant, Sugarboo's.
3. The Mayor presented Fire Chief Tim Griner with a Proclamation for International Firefighters' Day. Unfortunately, no other Fire personnel were in attendance because they were responding to 911 calls.
Resolutions: 1. Resolution 2019-35, Camera System Upgrades. The City is continuing this ongoing project and will spend over $60,000 in camera system upgrades at the following locations: Library, Water Treatment Plant #1 & #2, Wastewater Treatment Plant #2, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Police Department and the City Pool. This passed unanimously.
2. Resolution 2019-36, Fiber Optic Upgrades. Request for approval for the purchase of fiber optic equipment and installation to extend the existing fiber from City Hall to Gilbert Park. The cost of this fiber optic expansion is $102,667. We will save $146/month as soon as this is complete just on the one camera on The Lighthouse which we pay Comcast to connect online for us. This Resolution passed unanimously.
3. Resolution 2019-47, Approval for Purchase of New Children's Library Shelving and Circulation Desk. The Children's Library Remodel project is wholly funded by the Mount Dora Library Association, Mount Dora Friends of the Library and the Mount Dora Community Trust. The shelving and circulation desk portion is at a cost of $68,809. Our Children's Library collection is the second highest circulation collection in Lake County, second only to Clermont's public library. This passed unanimously.
Ordinances: 1. Final Reading of Ordinance 2019-08, Board Membership for the General Employees' Retirement System. This passed unanimously.
In the City Manager portion of the meeting we had a presentation from Public Works Director Mark Rudowske regarding the current phase of construction out at the Lakes of Mount Dora. There had been some concern that the builder in the Lakes of Mount Dora had plans to alter the flow of stormwater with this phase. Both Mr. Rudowske and the representative for the builder, Keith Riddell, made clear that no alterations will be made in the stormwater flow.
We also had a presentation from our Utilities Director Joe Grusauskas regarding the Reclaimed Water Interconnect with Apopka. The residents of Sullivan Ranch have hired an attorney to represent their HOA to fight this Interconnect project which breaks ground this Thursday morning. The utilities will be placed within the easement, which is in the City's Right of Way. Our City Attorney has responded, and continues to work with the HOA's counsel to be a good partner to this unincorporated part of our City. Council was informed that, with the exception of some root pruning on two of the trees that line the entrance of Sullivan Ranch, no trees will need to be removed. Also, there is $36,000 budgeted to plant trees at the end of the project if Sullivan Ranch so chooses.
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