By Marc Crail Mount Dora City Council, District 4 representative
We had three meetings today. What follows are simply my own thoughts as I am not reporting as a representative of city council as a whole. I've selected some items from our agendas that I thought you might like to hear about.
We had a 2:00 p.m. Work Session that was intended to focus on reviewing a development proposal for the Mount Dora Golf Association located on Highland. Here's some background information. Last year city staff began discussions with Golf Association leaders about possibly constructing up to 16 pickleball courts on golf course property. The Golf Association also had some interest in the project hoping that pickleball players might also want to golf and utilize the food/bar at the golf course. Contrary to rumors, the golf course has not been sold. According to Association leadership the numbers of rounds of golf played there has been rising over the past three years and they are not interested in selling the course but conversations will continue with city staff to further explore the possibility of a partnership that could vastly increase the number of pickleball courts available to Mount Dora residents and boost golf play too.
We walked from city hall to the new "green" parking lot on the corner of 3rd. Ave. and Baker St. There was a ribbon cutting and you can begin using the 49 new parking spaces immediately. Restrooms will be added to the site in the next few months. The parking lot is grass to minimize water runoff. Check it out!
During our Regular Meeting we learned about a plan that would increase Mount Dora Electric's use of solar energy that is currently less than 5% to 20% by 2024. We will be joining with several other municipal electric utilities to make this happen.
Look for land clearing to begin soon on 13 acres of city owned property on Limit Rd. That property will be the future home of a public works building and a new fire station.
We approve a settlement agreement with former police chief John O'Grady who will be paid $64,000 for his unused vacation and sick days. There are several other non-monitory provisions to this settlement agreement.
We discussed the recent decision not to use the services of GAI Community Solutions Group to make technical design plans for renovating the city pool. This was a drawn out discussion but in the end we asked city staff to find another vendor to move that project ahead ASAP. The pool needs work and everyone would like to see improvements made.
I've got a quote for you from Jaime Barone who said; "When all is said and done, the only thing that will truly matter is this: Did we love? Did. We. Love?
Thanks for your interest in the city we call home. Marc Crail District 4 Mount Dora City Council Representative