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 read more

‘Let’s have city spic-and-span for sporting weekend’

first_imgTwitter NewsLocal News‘Let’s have city spic-and-span for sporting weekend’By admin – October 18, 2010 556 Mayor Maria Byrne is rallying behind the campaign, and wants the city looking spic -and- span“Significant resources are invested in street cleaning in the city each year, and to complement this investment. I am asking all sectors of the community to display their civic pride and dispose of their litter correctly,” she said.“I am inviting the business community in particular to demonstrate their support of this anti litter initiative by cleaning up outside their own premises at 12 noon. “Thousands of visitors will be in Limerick over the October Bank Holiday weekend and it’s in all our interests to have our city looking its best.“Portraying a positive image will encourage visitors to return and the city council would like to thank the businesses who already regularly clean up outside their premises.“And remember; love Limerick, don’t litter”. WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Cleanup planned for Tuesday, October 19AHEAD of the expected influx of 50,000 visitors to Limerick over the October Bank Holiday weekend, a ‘deep clean’ has been organised to ensure that the city is at its gleaming best.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On that weekend, the city will host the International Test Series between Ireland and Australia at the Gaelic Grounds, the official opening of the new Greyhound Stadium and Munster taking on Treviso at Thomond Park,as well as Shelbourne FC’s visit to Jackman Park, the city is expected to be particularly busy.With support from the city council who will add extra resources to its cleaning schedule, business are being encouraged to play their part for the initiative by cleaning outside their premises on the morning of Tuesday, October 19. Email Print Previous articleTwo charged with possession of over €170,000 of heroin for sale or supply in Limerick cityNext articleMunster top as Autumn International break looms adminlast_img read more

Champlain College exceeds campaign goal, creates first endowed chair

first_imgChamplain College trustees announced the creation of the College’s first endowed chair, naming it in honor of retiring President Roger Perry. The Board of Trustees voted to create this $1 million academic fund, The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair, as part of the College’s successful Power of Three Capital Campaign.The news came at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 22, when Champlain College trustees announced the Power of Three campaign has already raised $15 million, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign.The campaign supports the construction of three new facilities at the private, career-oriented college: The Main Street Suites & Conference Center, The S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, and the Student Life Complex. The campaign, the most ambitious in the Colleges 126-year history, included the goal of growing endowment by at least $2 million.Trustees and friends of Champlain College have been quietly raising funds for this special honor for President Perry, and they surprised him with the news at the Annual Meeting. They have already funded $800,000 toward the $1 million goal for the endowed chair. “The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair will help secure Champlains future of academic excellence, and it bestows an extraordinary honor on an extraordinary leader,” said Bill Post, chair of the Board of Trustees.Before retiring in June 2005, Perry will choose the academic focus of the endowed chair. Perry has served as president of Champlain College for nearly 13 years. He has been credited with steering the institution through a major transformation to include online education, overseas and graduate programs, enhanced co-curricular, recreational and extracurricular activities, new on-campus facilities, and cutting-edge academic offerings that respond to needs in the global marketplace.During Perry’s watch, a provost and program directors were hired to provide academic leadership. Faculty members have been developing student outcomes by academic program and course, developing assessment measures for the outcomes, increasing the writing required in each course, increasing the level of students critical thinking, and increasing international elements in Champlain courses.”Roger has inspired faculty, staff and trustees to think in the future, then act boldly to get us there,” Post said.The first endowed chair in the United States was established at Harvard University. Endowed chairs take many forms; some reflect the achievements and credentials of the person who holds the chair, while others reflect an area of study or field of practice. In some cases, the chair rotates among a series of academic disciplines.# # #last_img read more

Townsville house prices on the up

first_imgREIQ regional director Damien Keyes has backed a new report that says house prices in Townsville will grow 9 per cent in the next 3 years. Picture: Evan MorganHOUSE prices in Townsville are forecast to rise 9 per cent in the next three years according to a new report.The Residential Property Prospects 2018-2021 report by BIS Oxford Economics predicts Townsville’s residential market has stabilised and price growth was expected up until June 2021.The report, released yesterday, says the Townsville market hasn’t recovered since peaking in 2008 but vacancy rates have dropped to 3.8 per cent from 7.1 per cent 18 months ago.“It appears that the downturn has stabilised, with the median house price on track to rise by 2 per cent in 2017/18,” the report stated.“Minimal price growth is expected over 2018/19 and 2019/20, before some sign of an upturn emerge by 2020/21 with vacancy rates tightening, and some economic recovery coming through as rising tourist arrivals underpin the upgrade of existing tourism infrastructure.“Cumulative growth of 9 per cent is forecast in the three years to June 2021, although this will be from a low base.” Despite the predicted price increases, weak population growth is expected to weigh heavily on Townsville’s property prices.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020According to the REIQ, the median house price in Townsville is $335,000, down 2.2 per cent compared to 12 months ago while the average property takes 63 days to sell.Keyes & Co Property principal Damien Keyes said an increase in buyer activity and a range of infrastructure projects in the pipeline were pointing to a future price rise.“For price growth you have to see a lot more demand and volume and we have been starting to see that this calendar year,” he said. “I’d like to have every confidence that prices will rise by 2021 because by then the stadium will be completed and a lot of these infrastructure projects will have started as well, so you’ll have those workers with money in their pockets.“There is a lot more confidence around and there is more buyer activity this year as well.”REIQ Townsville Zone chairman and First National Nicholson principal Wayne Nicholson said vacancy rates tightening was a positive sign for the market and he was predicting prices had bottomed out.“The rental market has begun to stabilise a fair bit and the vacancy rate is down to 3.8 per cent,” he said.“I think soon we’ll be trying to sneak those rent prices up for those long-suffering landlords.”last_img read more