Public Participation Gets an Upgrade in Apopka

first_img David Rankin Reply July 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply July 9, 2016 at 10:49 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka City Council Previous articleCity Center contract near to close, but will Highland Manor survive?Next articleCorrine Brown Indicted – Pleads Not Guilty Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3 COMMENTS Apopka’s City Council meetings have always provided an opportunity for citizens to speak their mind on any topic.Unfortunately to exercise your First Amendment right, “… to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” you had to wait until nearly the end of the meeting.  This often meant waiting for several hours while the Council moved deliberately through its agenda.Wednesday’s Council meeting was typical. Members of the public had to wait 2 hours and 20 minutes before being allowed to step to the podium for their allotted four minutes.The first 17 minutes were used to deal with several “routine” items that involved little, if any, discussion:Approval of Minutes from previous meetingsTwo Proclamations:Eight Employee RecognitionThe introduction of four newly sworn in Police OfficersFive Consent Agenda itemsThe first agenda item with discussion and public input was the approval of new Recreation Youth Sports League fees (35 minutes).Six proposed Ordinances and one Resolution were then discussed and voted on next (27 minutes).Two Final Development Plans were then reviewed and approved (20 minutes)A 35 minute presentation on how to improve the Development Review process came next, followed by a well-needed 5 minute break.After the break the City’s CPA firm, Moore Stephens Lovelace, made a 24 minute presentation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.The approved Public Participation Resolution moves the public comment period to immediately after the Presentations portion of the meeting.  Had the new policy been in place last Wednesday the public comments would have happened 2 hours earlier.The “upgrade” only applies to comments being made about topics not on the meeting agenda.  Those wishing to address items on the agenda will have to wait until that item is brought before the City Council. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Ms. Reid, you are absolutely correct to commend Commissioner Becker, Bankson & Dean, they really stepped up to support the rights of City of Apopka voters. Commissioner Velazquez and Mayor Kilsheimer do not support the City of Apopka residents, they are more interested in status and power. Velazquez gives the appearance as though she was elected to office my Kilsheimer himself. We need a change and soon!!! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Tenita Reid Please enter your comment! July 12, 2016 at 9:17 am Regardless of the issue and as sure as the sun rises in the east, Diane Velazquez will always cast a vote that is in lockstep with Joe Kilsheimer. In her 2+ year tenure on the Apopka City Commission, I can’t recall a single instance where she wasn’t aligned with him. In fact, there have been multiple occasions where she appeared confused and didn’t seem to understand the complexities of the issue at hand. In those situations, Joe often steps in to bail her out by telling everyone, but mostly Diane, how he will be voting. If it wasn’t so serious it would be comical. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sue Grandy Please enter your name here I want to thank each individual Apopka City Commissioner who supported the public’s rights, regarding the public participation ordinance, and who listened to the members of the public, about their concerns and that they believed their public comment discussion period at the council meetings, were being limited, and to the commissioners who listened, and therefore pushed for the ordinance to be amended, as had been written, and had called for a new rewritten ordinance to be presented for approval. Therefore, I want to personally thank Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson, and Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean. Government for the people and by the people! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img

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