• Crissy Stile

Recap of April 7, 2020 City Council Meeting, CRA & Northeast CRA Meetings

We began the meeting with the Downtown CRA Board Meeting and the Northeast CRA Board Meeting. Each meeting had one agenda item.

Resolution 2020-24 (CRA) & (Northeast CRA) respectively. Authorization for Negotiation and Execution of Agreements for Construction Manager At Risk (CMAR) Services for Citywide Projects not to exceed Two Million Dollars. These were each approved unanimously.

Before the Regular City Council meeting began the Mayor asked Council to approve a change in the agenda which moved the three Ordinances to the very beginning of the meeting. Council agreed unanimously to approve the agenda with that change. Once that change was made the Mayor suggested that Council agree to move the Ordinances to a future date when meetings can be held to safely allow public attendance. At our next Council meeting, April 21, 2020, we will be better informed to set a certain date for proper discussion of these Ordinances.

The Consent Agenda included one item and was approved 7-0.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

March 17, 2020 Regular City Council

March 17, 2020 CRA Governing Board

March 24, 2020 Special City Council

We had six Resolutions:

1. Resolution 2020-23, Approval of Pre-Construction Services Agreement for Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Services for Public Works Facility. This was approved 7-0

2. Resolution 2020-24, Approval of Pre-Construction Services Agreements for Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Services for Citywide Projects. This was approved 7-0.

3. Resolution 2020-44, Approval of the Sub-Recipient Agreement from the Division of Emergency Management Mitigation Bureau for the Overlook/Purple Heart Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The estimated cost for the actual repair is over $300,000 but the cost will be funded 75% through grant money and the City will pay 25% of the total repair.

4. Resolution 2020-45, Approval of Task Order Number 1 for A.C. Schultes for Water Supply Well Rehab at Water Plant #1. This was approved 7-0.

5. Resolution 2020-47, Ranking of CEI firms for the Round Lake Master Lift Station. This grant money can only be spent on the Wolf Branch Innovation District Master Lift Station. This was approved 7-0.

6. Resolution 2020-50, Flow Power LLC, Authorizing Task Order for Substation and Generating Station Maintenance Services for Power Transformer Upgrade. This was approved 7-0.

We had three Ordinances. These will be continued to a future date when our meetings are able to be safely attended by the public.

1. First Reading of Ordinance 2020-08, Annexation 0.93 Acre Wekiva Ridge, LLC (Parcel Alt Key 3860000)

2. Final Reading Ordinance 2020-05, Mount Dora Code of Ordinances Amendment to Chapter 23 Floodplain Management

3. Final Reading Ordinance 2020-02, Final PUD Donnelly Woods

Discussion Items:

1. Vicious Animals - Councilmember Burtnett suggested that the City and the County align in our treatment of vicious animals. This will come up again for discussion at a future meeting or work session when public can safely attend and comment as well.

2. Restatement of Resolution 2020-52, Local State of Emergency - The Mayor and City Manager will continue to be able to make decisions regarding the Coronavirus without obtaining all of Council's approval.

City Manager Discussion:

  1. Construction Projects Update - lights have been installed at the 3rd and Baker parking lot. Restrooms for that parking lot should arrive very soon. Repairs to the grass area will begin very soon. The tennis courts and the old brick structure at the Golf Association has been demolished to clean that area up. The office building at our Water plant on Limit Ave has been demolished.

  2. Functional Maintenance of Stormwater Ponds - Coming back at a future meeting when public can safely attend.

  3. Power Cost Adjustment Reducing Electric Rates - Beginning April 1 electric rates have decreased, whether residential or commercial. Decreases vary from 7% - more than 13%. 👍🏼

  4. Financial Assistance with Utility Bills - No late fees will be charged. No service disconnections at this time. Customers not able to pay their bills in full should contact customer service to setup a payment plan. 352.735.7126

  5. Letter to Duke Energy - Wastewater plant is currently serviced by Duke Energy but this letter notices Duke that we wish to provide our own electric to the plant.

  6. Federal BUILD Grant Application Status - The City has agreed with the City of Tavares to split the cost of the application for the grant for the Wekiva Trail. Cost for each City is just over $21,000.

The City Manager asked for Council's input on potentially closing the boat ramp at Simpson Cove in Mount Dora. There have been issues with trucks and trailers parking on the grass, on private property and at times illegally. The majority of Council commented and agreed to keep the boat ramp open but take some measures to prevent trucks and trailers from parking on grass, to prevent parking in private residential communities and to remind boaters of the CDC Guidelines.

Future Meeting Dates:

April 21, 2020 - 5:30pm Regular Meeting

May 5, 2020 - 5:30pm Regular Meeting

May 19, 2020 - 5:30pm Regular Meeting

Thank you for your attention and for all of your comments and input this week. If you have any questions/concerns about anything please reach out anytime.

Crissy Stile



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