There were actually three city council meetings on February 5th beginning at 1:00 with a Work Session, a 6:00 Regular Meeting and a brief Northeast Community Redevelopment Agency Board meeting that wrapped up at about 9:00. I've selected some items from these meetings that I thought you would like to hear about. Please remember that I am reporting not as a spokesperson for city council as a whole but only from my own perspective.
Several important topics were discussed during our Work Session. We all know that traffic is ever increasing on our roads in and around Mount Dora. With the recent completion of the Wekiva Parkway this trend will continue and accelerate in upcoming years. In order to help us to make informed decisions about "traffic calming" options we will be undertaking a citywide study over the next several months. There will be opportunities for public input and consultations with experts as we begin to implement recommendations to deal with excess speed in our neighborhoods and on our streets.
There are many worthwhile organizations that seek money from the City to help them run programs and facilities that benefit our residents. These include; The Merchants Association, Chamber of Commerce, Donnelly House, Lake Cares Food Pantry and the sponsors of the African American History Festival among others. We want to develop a set of standards by which proposals for City grants can be rated and scarce resources awarded.
During the Regular Meeting we passed a series of Resolutions mostly dealing with utility line relocations, State Revolving Loan Funds to finance the construction of utility lines, and awarding a contract for the construction of an interconnect project so that we can get additional reclaimed water when its needed from the City of Apopka.
Several ordinances were also preliminarily approved during first readings. The most exciting to me is a 376 unit single family residential development to be located between Round Lake Charter School and Wolf Branch Road. It is called Timberwalk and it will be the first development near the Wolf Branch Innovation District that will be subject to our recently adopted "enhanced architectural standards" which will require developments to include more green space and nice touches that should make homes there unique and help improve property values. Smart, controlled growth is essential to preserving our quality of life in Mount Dora.
I'm proud to be your District 4 City Council Representative and I'm proud to have the opportunity to work with our great staff and my colleagues on City Council. Thanks for the opportunity!
I've got a Mark Twain quote for you to consider; "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it."
By Marc Crail District 4 City Council Member
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