By City Manager Randy Knight
MAY 24 CITY COMMISSION MEETING TOPICS OF INTEREST
There will be a City Commission meeting on Monday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers. Below are a few topics of interest:
Presentation of new Summer Webisode produced in partnership with Full Sail University's SPARK program.
Proclamation - Code Enforcement Appreciation Week.
Approve the minutes of 5/10/10.
Ratify the motion made on the West Meadow ordinances of May 10 per staff's recommendation.
Approve the Letter of Intent to purchase fire apparatus for FY 2011.
ACTION ITEMS REQUIRING DISCUSSION:
Amendment of the SunRail (commuter rail) agreement with Orange County.
Discussion regarding the Winter Park Public Library.
First reading of the ordinance regarding the vacation of a utility easement at 1741 Golfside Drive.
CITY COMMISSION REPORTS:
Mayoral action plans - follow-up
BOARD APPOINTMENTS (continued from May 10)
You can find the Commission's full agenda and information on specific agenda items by logging on to the city's official Web site at www.cityofwinterpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets.
GREEN GARDENING RETURNS TO WINTER PARK
Time to restore our winter-weary gardens! The Winter Park Neighborhood Council is again hosting "Green Gardening in Winter Park." The exciting 2010 series includes classes with noted landscape designers and authors Stephen and Kristen Pategas, owners of Hortus Oasis, and gardening specialists Jennifer Ramos and Ed Thralls from the UF/IFAS Extension Services. The Winter Park Environmental Review Board is partnering with the Neighborhood Council to invite Winter Park neighborhoods to take the information they learn and to compete in the Florida-Friendly Yard Contest.
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program recognizes homeowners who use environmentally-friendly gardening and landscaping practices. Certified Florida-Friendly Yards minimize the use of potable water for irrigation, avoid the runoff of excess fertilizers and pesticides from the yard, and provide habitats for wildlife. Florida-Friendly Yards can take any form, from conventional and manicured to more natural. It's how you maintain your yard that ultimately determines if it's Florida-Friendly.
Saturday, May 22
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Green Gardening: Design, Install and Maintain
Learn how to create and maintain your dream garden and successfully work with design professionals and landscape and maintenance contractors. You will be empowered to "do it yourself" or hire others to create a water-wise use garden with cold hardy, low maintenance plantings that follow the Florida-Friendly Landscape principles. Presented by Stephen and Kristin Pategas of Hortus Oasis.
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch (included with registration)
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Jennifer Ramos from the Orange County/University of Florida-IFAS Extension Office will present Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Through its nine principles, Florida-Friendly Landscaping teaches best management practices for landscaping, irrigation and more. It creates and maintains attractive landscapes while protecting our natural resources.
All classes will be at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. The classes are free except for the rain barrel workshop which will require a fee for the cost of the rain barrel. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Space is limited to the first 45 people.
Additional sessions will be held on Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information and to register, please call 407-599-3498.
TWO LEFT FEET?
Keep Winter Park Beautiful has the solution for you! The city offers Ballroom Dance lessons at the Winter Park Farmers' Market for all levels throughout the year. Visit www.kwpb.org or call 407-599-3364 for more information.
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