• Crissy Stile

Recap of City Council Meeting, September 10, 2020

We began at 5:30pm in the Community Building with a Ceremonial Pinning. Mount Dora welcomed our new Deputy Chief Al Rollins and we recognized Hector Figueroa's promotion to Lieutenant.

There were 4 items on the Consent Agenda. The first item was pulled for discussion and separate vote (Stile). Items 2-4 were approved unanimously.

  1. Resolution 2020-140, Approval of Levey Consulting Amended Work Order 1C. Clarification was requested on the additional $30,000 the City is being asked to pay for continued consulting work in the Wolf Branch Innovation District. We were told that the County will reimburse the City that $30,000. Approved 7-0

  2. Resolution 2020-141, Change Order #2 to Fred Wilson & Assoc, Authorizing Change Order for the Purchase Power Agreement Negotiations of the Mount Dora Solar Farm

  3. Resolution 2020-144, FDEM COVID-19 Agreement

  4. Approval of Meeting Minutes

Action Items:

  1. Restatement of Resolution 2020-52, Local State of Emergency. Discussion took place on amending this Resolution to include the "slow opening" of City venues to host events. Only certain buildings (Donnelly Building, Martin Luther King Jr. Center) would be open to small events, for discounted fees, and face coverings and social distancing will be required and enforced. This was only a discussion, not put to vote.

  2. Restatement of Resolution 2020-138, Specific Safety Requirements related to COVID-19 face coverings

Public Hearings:

  1. Resolution 2020-145, Tentative Millage Rate for Final Year 2020-2021. Some final budget adjustments were made and the millage will actually be the rollback rate, 5.9603. This means the City of Mount Dora portion of your tax bill will be the same as your tax levy last year, even though your home value has increased. Approved 7-0

  2. Resolution 2020-146, Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The total City budget, $116,434,717 was approved 7-0


  1. Resolution 2020-72, Acceptance of the Lake County Water Authority Grant to install a Baffle Box on Lake Gertrude (moved from August 18th meeting under Adjustments to the Agenda). Approved 6-0 (Mr. Crail abstained, out of an abundance of caution, based on a potential conflict of interest)

  2. Resolution 2020-108, Agreement with Sanpik, Inc., for Construction of the Round Lake Master Lift Station. Approved 7-0

  3. Resolution 2020-62, Approval of Agreement with Mead and Hunt for CEI Services related to the Round Lake Master Lift Station Project. Approved 7-0

  4. Resolution 2020-143, Annual Fire Services Special Assessment Resolution 2020-143. Approved 6-1 (Tucker)

  5. Resolution 2020-156, CARES Act Municipal Funding Agreement - Mount Dora. Approved 7-0

Discussion Items:

  1. Downtown Parking Implementation Plan Update. -CPH, the City's engineer of record, has been consulted to provide options to solve the parking problem downtown. CPH's representative informed Council that they are planning to present in the next 6 weeks, additional on-street parking of 125 spaces and 2 potential sites for a parking garage.

City Manager:

  1. Construction Projects Update-Lincoln pool is on time and on budget, mid-October reopening.

  2. Summary of Actions taken at various Advisory Board Meetings

  3. Face Coverings - School Exemptions, Mount Dora Christian Academy submitted an application for exemption from the Face Covering Requirement. Council voted 4-3 to grant MDCA an exemption from the mask requirement. (Tucker, Stile, Burtnett)

  4. Chamber Event for October - Month long bicycle festival is planned

  5. Strategic Plan Update

  6. City Manager Vacation/Leave Request - granted (next Thursday and Friday)

Attorney's Report

  1. Discussion on Lake County's Vacation Rental Registration Ordinance-County will begin enforcing the collection of tourism tax dollars from short term rentals.

Future Meetings:

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5:30pm - Regular Meeting

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 3:00pm - Work Session on Future growth plans for Fire Dept. and some Parks & Recreation plans

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 5:30pm - Regular Meeting

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:30pm - Regular Meeting

Thank you so much for your attention. If you have any questions please reach out anytime.

Crissy Stile

Mount Dora City Councilmember At-Large



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