• Crissy Stile

Upcoming City Council Meeting - Thursday, September 10, 2020

We do not hold our Council Meetings on Tuesdays in September because the County holds their Public Hearings on Tuesday evenings to establish the tax rates for the coming year. Residents need to have the opportunity to attend both County and City Public Hearings.

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

Consent Agenda:

  • Resolution 2020-140, Approval of Levey Consulting Amended Work Order 1C - Dr. Levey is doing consulting work for both Lake County and the City of Mount Dora in the Wolf Branch Innovation District (WBID). Last December when his contract was extended to continue to plan and attract business to the WBID, the County did not agree to pay their full portion of the contract upon renewal. This leaves the City of Mount Dora to cover the County's portion, an additional $30,000 ($80,000 in total). Recall the scope of Dr. Levey's work is: production of a Design Guideline Manual for the WBID, provide assistance to both the City and the County for Comprehensive Plan amendments associated with the WBID, assistance with Land Development Code amendments and recruiting and advancement of employment in the WBID.

  • 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 - Additional consulting services are required to complete negotiations with Nova Sol at an additional cost of $1,800

  • Resolution 2020-144, FDEM COVID-19 Agreement - The Florida Department of Emergency Management is offering Public Assistance for expenses incurred because of COVID-19. The City will seek reimbursement for $30,000 spent on various supplies, and not budgeted for, specifically due to COVID-19. This Resolution allows the Mayor to sign this agreement for grant funds on behalf of the City.

  • Approval of Meeting Minutes

Action Items:

  • Restatement of Resolution 2020-52, Local State of Emergency

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

Public Hearings:

  • Resolution 2020-145, Tentative Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 - The millage rate for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 is tentatively set at 5.9770. The current year's millage rate is 6.2000 for the City of Mount Dora. While the adopted millage rate will presumably be lower than last year's rate you will still see a slight increase in your City of Mount Dora taxes because Taxable Property values have increased since 2019. You can find your TRIM notice by entering your address here.

  • Resolution 2020-146, Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 - The tentative budget for next year including all funds and Capital Improvements totals $117,596,942. Pictured here is the Proposed Budget for 2020-2021


  • Resolution 2020-72, Acceptance of the Lake County Water Authority Grant to install a Baffle Box on Lake Getrude (moved from August 18th meeting under Adjustments to the Agenda) - This Resolution is being continued from the last Council meeting at the request of Mr. Tucker. Councilmember Tucker wanted to give the residents directly affected by this installation a chance to get back in town and see the plans before Council approved this project.

  • Resolution 2020-108, Agreement with Sanpik, Inc., for Construction of the Round Lake Master Lift Station - Council is being asked to approve the lowest bidder, Sanpik, Inc. to install a Master Lift Station in the Wolf Branch Innovation District. This project will cost $2,231,021 with $1.5 million being fronted by Lake County and the City will pay that money back from impact fees once development happens in the WBID. The remaining $731,021 will be paid from water and wastewater impact fees.

  • Resolution 2020-62, Approval of Agreement with Mead and Hunt for CEI Services related to the Round Lake Master Lift Station Project - Council is asked to approve the rate sheet and a not to exceed contract in the amount of $138,142 for Construction, Engineering and Inspection (CEI) Services for the Master Lift Station installation in the WBID. These funds were budgeted from water and wastewater impact fees.

  • Resolution 2020-143, Annual Fire Services Special Assessment Resolution 2020-143. Council is asked to approve the Fire Assessment Fee for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 at $219/residential property. Commercial buildings will be assessed $0.16/square foot; Industrial/Warehouse at $0.03/square foot and Institutional at $0.42/square foot.

  • Resolution 2020-156, CARES Act Municipal Funding Agreement - Mount Dora. The County has received $16 million in CARES Act funding. There is a second phase of funding available but will only be released by the Governor if the funds provided from the first phase have been expended by December 30, 2020. At this point the second phase is available via reimbursement only. Each municipality must present their spend plan to the County no later than September 18, 2020 so a complete County Spend Plan package can be presented to the Governor's Office. In the event the State determines at some later date the funds were not used properly each municipality will be obligated to repay those funds. Monies from the CARES Act can only be used to cover costs that:

  1. are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19;

  2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 for the State or Government; and

  3. were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

Discussion Items:

  1. Downtown Parking Implementation Plan Update

City Manager:

  1. Construction Projects Update

  2. Summary of Actions taken at various Advisory Board Meetings

  3. Face Coverings - School Exemptions

  4. Chamber Event for October

  5. Strategic Plan Update

  6. City Manager Vacation/Leave Request

Attorney's Report:

  1. Discussion on Lake County's Vacation Rental Registration Ordinance - Lake County has proposed an Ordinance requiring those homeowners that wish to rent their home out as a Vacation Rental to register with the Tax Collector's Office. Currently, there is a lack of checks and balances to assure taxes are being paid on Vacation Rentals.

Future Meetings:

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

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

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

Thank you so much for sticking with this agenda, long one. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out anytime.

Crissy Stile

Mount Dora City Councilmember At-Large



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