• Crissy Stile

Recap of Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Meetings

We had five meetings on Tuesday beginning at 3:00pm in the Community Building.

3:00pm Work Session Agenda:

  1. Update on Northeast Community Projects - A recap of the last Northeast CRA meeting was provided: only 4 of the 7 members of the Advisory Board were present. Members agreed unanimously that a Recreation Center and affordable housing are priorities for the Northeast Community. There were varying opinions, however, on whether or not the Rec Center should be available to the entire City or just to residents of the Northeast. Council had been working under a time crunch to make a decision to avoid losing a $400,000 grant to build pickle ball courts at the site of the old Public Works facility. It seems we have even more time than expected to accept the grant money so Council will make decisions once more pieces fall into place (i.e., the City completes the purchase of two parcels totaling 2 acres). Decisions need to be made as to whether or not those 2 acres should be the Rec Center or affordable housing. Several decisions need to be made regarding the 4 acres that was the site of the Public Works Facility. All renovations of Cauley Lott Park will not be completed this year as originally planned due to lack of funds. Staff will prioritize what parts of the park should be renovated this year and what will be put off until next year and present back to Council.

  2. Municipal Services Complex - Design and planning for the Municipal Services Complex continues.

  3. Fire Services - Fire Stations - Once final cost numbers for the new fire stations come in, November for Fire Station 35 and December for Station 34, Council will be asked to make a decision if we need to proceed with a third fire station at this time. Decision will be made and discussions will happen before March 2021 in order to potentially reduce both the residential and commercial Fire Assessment Fee.

5:30pm Regular City Council Meeting Agenda:

We began with two presentations:

  1. Florida Cities Government Proclamation. Mayor read the Proclamation into the record.

  2. Construction Projects Update. The fuel tank has been cleaned and removed from the old Public Work site.

Public Comment: During the public comment portion of the meeting Carroll Jaskulski announced that he has arranged for a candidate forum for the three candidates running for the At-Large City Council seat (my seat). It is Wednesday, October 21st at St. Edwards Episcopal Church at the corner of Grandview & 5th Ave. Doors open at 5:45pm and the program begins at 6pm. This will be a town hall style forum. Seating has been spaced to allow for social distancing, please wear a mask. 60 people will be permitted; first come, first served.

Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda passed unanimously.

  1. Resolution 2020-162, Utility Billing Accounting Adjustments

  2. Resolution 2020-167, Approval of Cemetery Policy Revision Regarding Coping

  3. Resolution 2020-168, CARES Act & Grant Budget Amendments

  4. Approval of Meeting Minutes - Oct 6, 2020 Regular Meeting

Action Items:

  1. Restatement of Resolution 2020-138, Specific Safety Requirements related to COVID-19 face coverings. No changes made

  2. Resolution 2020-163, Repealing of Resolution 2020-52 and extension of Resolution 2020-138; Providing Temporary Fee and Rate Reduction and In-applicability of Emergency Event Response Pay for Duration of the State of Emergency. No changes made


  1. Resolution 2020-74, Triangle Elementary School Park/Playground Joint-Use Agreement. This passed 7-0. Project will be completed by the start of the 2021 school year (August 2021) and will be paid for through Parks Impact Fees.

  2. Resolution 2020-98, Hubbard Construction Company Development Agreement and Host Fee Agreement. This passed 6-1 (Burtnett). Councilmember Burtnett disagreed with the height allowance permitted by the State.

  3. Resolution 2020-118, Approval of Contracts for Appraisal Services - Land and Real Property for RFQ 2-GS-014. This passed 6-1 (Stile). Stile disagrees with negotiating with the first ranked appraiser. The #1 ranked Appraisal Services firm is Edwin Barfield whom the City has been using for years but he is not a licensed Appraiser. Seven firms qualified for this bid, I imagine one of them would be an actual Licensed Appraiser.

  4. Resolution 2020-159, Renewal for the Guardian Contract Piggyback. This passed 7-0


  1. Second-First Reading of Ordinance 2020-14, Annexation Hubbard Construction Company. This passed 6-1 (Burtnett).

  2. Second-First Reading of Ordinance 2020-15, Final PUD for Hubbard Mount Dora Commercial PUD. This passed 6-1 (Burtnett).

  3. Final Reading of Ordinance 2020-18, Simpson Family Partnership, Ltd. Annexation. This passed 7-0

Future Meeting Dates:

November 3, 2020, 2:00pm Regular Meeting

November 17, 2020, 5:30pm Regular Meeting

December 1, 2020, 5:30pm Regular Meeting

December 8, 2020, 1:30pm Work Session

December 15, 2020, 5:30pm Regular Meeting

Immediately following the City Council Meeting we reconvene as the Community Redevelopment Agency Board for one Discussion Item.

  1. Resolution 2020-118 CRA, Approval of Contracts for Appraisal Services - Land and Real Property for RFQ 20-GS-014. This passed 6-1 (Stile). See Resolution 2020-118 above for explanation.

Immediately following the CRA Meeting we reconvene as the Northeast Community Redevelopment Agency Board for two Discussion Items.

  1. Resolution 2020-121 Northeast CRA, Approval of Home Repair Program. This passed 7-0. If you own a home in the Northeast CRA district and would like more information on applying for this matching dollar grant please contact Adam Sumner sumnera@cityofmountdora.com or 352.735.7126

  2. Resolution 2020-118 CRA, Approval of Contracts for Appraisal Services - Land and Real Property for RFQ 20-GS-014. This passed 6-1 (Stile). See Resolution 2020-118 above for explanation.

Finally we end with a Special Session for one Discussion Item.

  1. City Manager Annual Review. Each Councilmember was asked to review and score the City Manger in 8 different areas for a potential total score of 200 points. Scores ranged from 107 (Stile) to 196 (Massey). The City Manager was granted a 3% raise by a 5-2 vote (Stile, Tucker). The complete analysis of the individual reviews will be posted on the City's website by next week.

If you have any questions at all please call or email any time at all.

Crissy Stile

Mount Dora City Councilmember At-Large



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