I'm happy to give you this update on the February 21st. Mount Dora City Council meeting. You'll probably recall my often stated admonition that I am just one of seven City Council members and I'm not the spokesman for City Council. I selected 3-4 of the items covered at the 2/21 meeting and briefly report on them for your information. I try to be unbiased in my reports, but what you're receiving is strictly from my perspective.
Tonight we approved participation in a program sponsored by the National League of Cities that would allow Mount Dora residents who would like to, to buy "insurance" to protect their lateral water and sewer lines in case of expensive line failures. The program is completely voluntary and would offer residents protection at a low monthly cost. When water or sewer lines break on your property, the repairs can be thousands of dollars so for some of us there would be peace of mind in knowing that we are completely covered without any deductibles or exclusions. Local plumbing contractors would do the repair work if you opt to participate. Home owners will be receiving a mailing in the next couple of months explaining the program. You can decide if it suites your needs.
You may have heard that the Sunday Village Farmers' Market has recently relocated from Evans Park to a new location at Sunset Park on the corner of 4th. Ave. and Alexander St. Most of the 20+ venders sell fruits, vegetables, eggs, and baked goods. If you haven't visited the Sunday Market from 9:00-2:00 please plan to give it a try! Over the past couple of weeks between 600-800 customers have scooped up fresh local produce and bread. I'll see you there.
Over the past few months we have been investigating some proposed adjustments in our Rental Property Inspection Ordinance. There have been well attended public meetings and I think a good compromise has been reached. It provides adequate protections for renters without overly-burdening landlords. Tonight we had a first reading of the revised ordinance. It looks like it is headed for final approval soon.
Remember when Hurricane Matthew blew by last fall? Mount Dora was largely spared serious damage but the city had overtime and cleanup costs totaling about $112,000. We will be receiving a check from FEMA to reimburse the city for about $66,000 of those costs.
I'm very happy that our city departments kept careful records of our extra costs and that we have done everything possible to recover as much of those costs as possible.
There are lots of projects under study or underway so look for updates on many of them in upcoming weeks.
Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your District 4 City Council Representative! I appreciate your trust.
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By Marc Crail, Mount Dora City Councilman
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