• Crissy Stile

Upcoming Work Session and Regular Meetings

We begin this Tuesday with a Work Session at 1pm in the Lobby of the Community Building. We continue on with Budget Discussions to begin the Work Session and we end with an update from PRMG. PRMG is the consulting firm that the City hired to complete a rate study for user fee charges for water, stormwater, wastewater and reclaimed water. They will also recommend adjustments to impact fees (fees for new development) and miscellaneous service fees. The fee changes recommended will be for Fiscal Year 2019-20

At 5:30 we move back to City Hall for the Regular Meeting.

There are two items on the Consent Agenda:

Resolution 2019-73, Amendment #1 to the Robie Street Property Lease Agreement. This would allow the City to lease additional property for parking at the Robie Operations Facility while our new Public Works Facility is constructed. There will be a one time cost of approximately $15,000 for fencing and preparation of the property. The additional lease amount is $500/month through September 2020. Each year after there will be a 3% increase.

Resolution 2019-91, School Resource Officer Agreement for 2019-2020. This is an agreement with the Lake County School Board for reimbursement of base pay for ten months (school year) for two Mount Dora Police Officers. We have four School Resource Officers: Mount Dora High School, Mount Dora Middle School, Triangle Elementary and Sorrento Elementary. The Lake County School Board will reimburse the City $252,168 as presented in the contract.

We have five Resolutions:

1. Resolution 2019-54, Preliminary Plat Lakes of Mount Dora Phase 5C. This is the approval of an additional 61 lots in the Lakes of Mount Dora to bring the total to 887 lots. The total number of lots approved is 1,032.

2. Resolution 2019-86, Authorization to Negotiate for Professional Consultant Services. I will provide more in detail on this Resolution with my post-meeting recap. Basically this Resolution will allow the City to move forward with the negotiations for contracts on the following services: Architectural Services (buildings and Facilities), Historical Resource Services (Grants and Historic Reviews), Transportation and Parking Services, Traffic Calming Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan and Community Redevelopment Agency Consulting Services.

3. Resolution 2019-64, Preliminary Plat Timberwalk. This Resolution is asking City Council to approve the further project descriptions and design elements proposed as this project inches closer to the construction phase. The picture to the right is an example of just a few of the design options you'll see in Timberwalk.

Again, this is 376 planned dwelling units to be built in 2 phases, based on demand.

4. Resolution 2019-89, Demolition of Public Works Complex, 1250 N. Highland St. If approved, the old Public Works Complex will be demolished by Samsula Waste, Inc. for a base cost of $138,266.31 All buildings will be razed, infrastructure removed and the area will be stabilized with grass.

5. Resolution 2019-92, Sunset of 2019 Charter Review Committee. The Charter Review Committee has filed a final report including their recommended changes to the City's Charter. This Resolution will Sunset, or conclude, the Charter Review Committee.

We have two Ordinances:

1. First Reading of Ordinance 2019-14, 2019 Charter Referendum. This Ordinance will approve the Charter Review Committee recommendations to be placed on the 2019 ballot for your vote this Fall. I will post a separate blog detailing the proposed changes for your information as we get a bit closer to Fall.

2. First Reading of Ordinance 2019-15, 2020 Charter Referendum. This Ordinance will approve the Charter Review Committee recommendations to be placed on the 2020 ballot for your vote this Fall.

Immediately following the Regular Council Meeting City Council reconvenes as the CRA Board and the Northeast CRA Board.

CRA Board Agenda includes four Resolutions for discussion. But first a bit of background on the Commercial Visual Improvement Grant program. Back when the City was going through the Downtown Streetscape Projects the City began offering a $10,000 matching grant for exterior visual improvements to the buildings downtown. So the tenant of the building, with the owner's permission, or the owner him/herself could apply for this matching grant based on submitted improvements planned for their building. The owner of my bookstore, as an example, took advantage of this opportunity to replace my front windows, the glass in my front door and installed lights on my front porch. He paid for the improvements upfront and was reimbursed $10,000 by the City.

1. Resolution 2019-78 (CRA), Commercial Visual Improvement Grant for Royellou 440, LLC.

This is a request for a $10,000 grant for improvements totaling over $32,000 to the old warehouse on Royellou, next to the History Museum. This floorpans are still in development but the owner intends to create single offices and possible small retail space in the old warehouse.

2. Resolution 2019-79 (CRA), Commercial Visual Improvement Grant for Saksit, LLC. This is a request for a $9,982.50 grant for improvements totaling $19,785 to the building that is home to JK Thai Garden Restaurant on 5th Ave. The owner wishes to add an outside patio on his property along Royellou.

3. Resolution 2019-80 (CRA), High Value Job Creation Program (HVJCP) Grant Agreement with Steamroller Studios, LLC. This is an incentive program offered to companies creating high value jobs. Steamroller plans to create 55 new jobs in the next 12 months, 35 of which will qualify for the HVJCP. For these purposes the City defines a high value job as $40,291.00 annual salary. Steamroller is eligible for a $2,500 grant for each new employee added over the next 12 months. The award is not to exceed $112,500. The jobs must be retained for a period of four years after the grant has been awarded or the company has to pay the City back for any positions not maintained for at least four years.

4. Resolution 2019-85 (CRA), Authorization to Negotiate for Professional Consultant Services. This is the same as Resolution 2019-86 above. Since some of the services being negotiated pertain to CRA funds we are requested to approve it as the CRA Board. Spoiler alert: You'll see this again below as the Northeast CRA Board.

Northeast CRA Board Agenda has two items:

1. Resolution 2019-84 (Northeast CRA), Authorization to Negotiate for Professional Consultant Services. See? Told ya.

2. Resolution 2019-87 (Northeast CRA), Approval of a Letter of Intent to Purchase Property located at 1325 N. Grandview St. This property is the home of Ivory's Take-Out which closed for business earlier this year. The property is in foreclosure. The asking price is $205,000 plus closing costs and fees. The City's property valuation specialist has valued the property at $180,000. The City is recommending the purchase of this property to promote growth of the Grandview Business District.

This is sounding like a lengthy meeting so there's a possibility you might get your recap for breakfast on Wednesday as opposed to dessert on Tuesday.

Please join us at the meeting to express your thoughts/concerns/opinions on any of these discussions. If you have any questions or need clarification please call or email me anytime.

Crissy Stile



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