Nothing boosts city pride like a bold new flag. Soon Mount Dora will have its own flag waving outside City Hall. The quaint Central Florida city is looking to the area’s creative souls to design a flag that simply and distinctly represents the picturesque municipality.
Entries will be judged on the design’s simplicity, meaningful symbolism, use of two to three colors, and its distinctiveness. Logos, lettering and seals are not permitted and designs must be original creations.
There is no age or residency requirement for artists and up to five designs can be submitted per person. The deadline for entries is March 17.
Designs will be presented to the Mount Dora City Council for final selection. A flag dedication ceremony will be held on Flag Day, June 14, 2017, with the council, the Public Arts Commission and the artist with the winning design. Flag designs can be submitted electronically or by regular mail. For more information and the design submittal form, click here
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.
Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection event.
The county’s mobile connection unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Eustis Square Shopping Center parking lot, located at 218 W. Ardice Ave., Eustis.
Representatives will be on hand to collect small quantities of unused or unwanted waste products such as lawn and gardening materials, photo and swimming pool chemicals, paint and related products, cleaning solutions, motor oil and used gas, batteries, fluorescent lamps, light bulbs and small propane tanks.
Staff at the event will be offering convenient drive-thru disposal of items so residents won’t have to leave their vehicles. Materials such as infectious waste, solvents, chemical laboratory waste and radioactive waste are prohibited.
Excessive amounts of hazardous materials will not be accepted due to limited space in the mobile unit. If residents have large quantities of items to dispose of, a special drop-off day may be scheduled at the Central Solid Waste Facility, located at 13130 County Landfill Road in Tavares. To schedule a drop-off, call 352-343-3776.
The collection event is open to Lake County residents only. In 2016, the mobile unit collected 56,180 pounds of household hazardous waste in Lake County. For more information about this event, or to find out about future collection events, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/hazardouswaste or call Lake County Solid Waste at 352-343-3776