Recap of Regular City Council Meeting
The Mayor began the meeting by presenting Fred Abston a Certificate of Appreciation for his 38 years of service to Mount Dora.
Mr. Abston is retiring soon from our Electric Department.
We also had a presentation from Dr. Levey, our Economic Development Consultant. Dr. Levey is working towards finalizing his report on developing the Wolf Branch Innovation District. City Council will see his final report in January 2020 and vote to adopt his recommendations for the future of the Innovation District.
The Consent Agenda had two items and was passed with a 5-0 vote.
1. Resolution 2019-63, Contract Award to Worth Contracting, Inc. for Sandblasting and Painting of Ground Water Storage Tanks at Water Plant #1. These two storage tanks were built in 1962. This refinishing will bring the tanks to like new condition for $68,750.
2. Approval of City Council Meeting Session Minutes for June 11, 2019 & June 18, 2019
1. Resolution 2019-89, Demolition of Public Works Complex, 1250 N Highland St. This Resolution is to approve the demolition of the old Public Works Complex (Lincoln Ave & Highland). Samsula Waste, Inc. is the winning bidder for a base cost of $138,266.31 All buildings will be razed, infrastructure removed and the area will be stabilized with grass (via seed). This passed with a vote of 5-0.
2. Resolution 2019-93, Lake County Library System Interlocal Agreement. In order to receive State Aid monies the Lake County Library System is required to have an interlocal agreement in place. The appropriation of funds is based on circulation. Based on the library's 11% circulation growth the 2019 disbursement is projected to be $232,562. This passed with a 5-0 vote.
3. Resolution 2019-96, Tentative Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget. The City requested that City Council approve a tentative millage rate of $7.0000 mills. This would be a 17.64% increase from the previous year's millage rate. City Council did have a short discussion regarding the tentative Millage Rate. However, the Mayor called a special meeting to continue discussion and vote to adopt our tentative Millage Rate because two council members were not in attendance. The special meeting is Tuesday, July 30th at 6:30pm at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and to share your opinions on this subject.
1. Final Reading of Ordinance 2019-09, Annexation of City Property (Limit Avenue). This Ordinance will annex the property purchased by the City, on Limit Avenue, to house our new Fire Station and Public Works Facility. This passed with a 5-0 vote.
1. Request for Authorization for the Mayor to Sign a Letter in Opposition of the Placement and/or Display of the Edmund Kirby Smith Statue in Lake County. Council agreed by a voice vote to have the Mayor sign the letter.
A second discussion item was added after my last blog went out letting you know what was coming up at the meeting. It was a short discussion summarized below:
2. Available Betterment Grants. Leisure Services Director Amy Jewell provided a list of organizations requesting grant money from the City. Ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, City Council will be tasked with deciding which organizations, if any, should receive a betterment grant. It was suggested that we could possibly task the Mount Dora Community Trust with deciding which organizations are worthy of a grant. Another option is to 'round up" on your utility bill. You could round up to the next whole dollar amount and that money would go into a separate fund to benefit these not for profit organizations. There could also be an option for residents to add to their utility bill a donation amount greater than just rounding up. Further discussion and a City Council vote to come next month.
In the City Attorney's update she stated that there is a potential federal lawsuit being filed against the City but at this time there is no further information to share until we have been properly served.
As always if I can help with any clarifications or concerns please reach out anytime.