• Crissy Stile

Recap of September 5, 2019 City Council Meeting

We began at 5:30pm at City Hall with our first Budget Hearing to adopt the Tentative Millage Rate and the Tentative Budget

1. Resolution 2019-144, Tentative Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. City Council adopted a Tentative Millage Rate of 6.300 mills. This is the same millage rate as last year. We had a long discussion in an effort to potentially lower the Millage Rate even further. City staff will present to Council, before we adopt our final Millage Rate, some options to lower the Millage Rate further. This Resolution passed with a 5-2 vote. (Stile & Tillett were against)

2. Resolution 2019-145, Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. The budget as presented is balanced at 6.300 mils. The City's total budget for next year is $98,822,283. This is a tentative budget subject to change before final adoption. This passed by a 6-1 vote. (Ms. Tillett was against)

The Budget Hearing Meeting was adjourned.

We moved on to our regular meeting and began with two presentations:

1. Certificates of Appreciation for Cemetery Staff. Pictured is Patrick Scanlan and Sally Hollander. These two keep the Cemetery on Donnelly looking as good as it always does and City Council wanted to publicly thank them for the job they do.

2. Certificate of Appreciation for Greg Hernandez. Greg retired on Friday after 21 years working for the City. Happy Retirement Greg.

The Consent Agenda had two items:

1. Approval of Meeting Minutes from June 4, 2019 Work Session and July 16, 2019 Regular Session. This item was approved with the addition of a summary of Michael Salerno's comments at the July 16, 2019. Mr. Salerno made specific recommendations regarding vacant stores downtown and wanted those recommendations in the minutes. Other public comments were summarized in the minutes from July 16, 2019 but Mr. Salerno's comments were left out.

2. Resolution 2019-130, Electric Rate Adjustments. Electric base rates for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 are being increased by 2.36%. The Power Cost Charge for October 2019 will decrease from the current rate of $.06200 per kWh to $.05865 per kWh.

The two items on the Consent Agenda were approved by a voice vote.

We had one Resolution to vote on.

1. Resolution 2019-120, Preliminary PUD Cottages on 11th. Big thanks to all of to the residents in attendance this evening. After much Council discussion and comments from more than 15 residents and a petition signed by 67 residents this Resolution passed by a vote of 7-0. The developer will address the following concerns and take the next step in the process to present City Council with a more detailed plan for this subdivision: allowing just one entrance/exit; a 25 foot buffer on the West side of the parcel (buffer not to include any type of road/alleyway) and they will look at drainage/water runoff on the East side of the parcel which is already a concern WITHOUT development in the area.

Another concern addressed is traffic on West 11th Ave, including pedestrian, vehicle and bicycle traffic. However, this would not be a concern that the developer could address. An additional concern was losing the Historic feel of this neighborhood with new development. Passing this Resolution this evening only allows the developer to make necessary changes and present a new plan to City Council again in the future. This project does not move forward until City Council approves the Final PUD.

We had two Ordinances before us on Thursday.

1. First Reading of Ordinance 2019-16, Change in Zoning City of Mount Dora. This passed by unanimous vote.

2. First Reading of Ordinance 2019-17, Rates and Fee Removal from Utility Ordinance and Other Financial Enhancements. This passed by unanimous vote.

City Manager Updates:

-Policies: Social Media - A Social Media Policy will be brought to City Council at our next meeting for adoption, September 19, 2019.

-Budget Data: FTE Chart, Budget Summary Information and Fee Schedules - The 2019-20 Fee Schedule will be presented for adoption on September 19, 2019.

-4th Avenue Dock Pedestrian Activity - Council suggested further research to be conducted on how well used the 4th Avenue docks are, as this is a $400,000 project.

Sorry this recap is coming so late, our meeting adjourned just after 10pm.

Future Meeting Dates:

September 12, 2019 5:30pm, Special Fire Assessment Meeting, City Hall

September 19, 2019 2:00pm, Special Events Work Session, Community Building Lobby

September 19, 2019 5:30pm, Regular Session, City Hall

October 1, 2019 2:00pm, Regular Session, City Hall

If you have any questions or need clarification on any of these items please feel free to reach out anytime. Thank you again for being a part of what's happening even if you can't make the meetings.

Crissy Stile



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