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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 6 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

Commission meeting topics of interest

There will be a City Commission meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers. Below are a few topics of interest:

Mayor’s Report:

Happy Valentine’s Day

Non-Action Items:

Strategic Recreational Programs Plan

Consent Agenda:

• Approval of the minutes for Jan. 24.

• Authorize incentives to existing and new utility billing customers for utilizing green billing and collection practices.

• Approve the electronic scanning fee of $1 per page for large building plans of building permit applicants for electronic file storage.

• Approve award for Contract Management Software to Florida Business Technologies doing business as Informa Software.

• Approval of various purchases and contracts (for a complete list of purchases and contracts, access the Commission Agenda Packet at > Government > City Commission > Agenda Packets).

Action Items Requiring Discussion:

• Settlement agreement with New England Partners, LLC.

• Electric bond funded capital projects.

• Design and construction process for golf course Starter’s House (pro shop).

• Re-amortization of funding in police and fire pension plans.

• Offer of a sculpture White “A” by a Winter Park resident, Micheline Kramer, to the city for a 10-year period on Morse Boulevard.

• Targeted Industry Enhancement Program approval

• Authorize Commissioner Carolyn Cooper and City Manager Randy Knight to investigate/explore options with the United States Postal Service for possible future acquisition of the New York Avenue property.

Public Hearings:

• Second reading of the ordinance to vacate the city utility easement at 1211 College Point.

• Resolution - Calling for a public hearing to discuss undergrounding of electric/CATV facilities to be paid in part by special assessments levied against properties abutting North Phelps Avenue and Bryan Avenue.

• Resolution - Subordinating easements to Florida Department of Transportation to accommodate widening initiative for Interstate 4 - Parcels 469.7R, 467.22 and 466.4.

• Resolution - Allowing local regulation of smoking and the possession of tobacco products in municipal and county parks and recreation areas.

• Resolution - Adopting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Florida Green Building Coalition Standards.

City Commission Reports:

• Commissioner Anderson

• Commissioner Dillaha

-Tree Replanting Policy and Plan. Strategic Initiative: Quality Environment

-Consideration to update policies regarding the sale or change of use of parkland (to provide further protections of parkland)

• Commissioner Cooper

• Commissioner McMacken

• Mayor Bradley

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 and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets.

City Commission Candidate Forums

The following are the upcoming candidate forums featuring City Commission candidates for Seat 1: Scott Callahan and Steven Leary; and City Commission candidates for Seat 2: Bonnie Jackson and Sarah Sprinkel.

WHO: Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave.

CONTACT: 407-644-8281

WHO: Good Government Group

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Winter Park City Hall Commission Chambers, 401 Park Ave. S.

CONTACT: 407-644-9849

WHO: League of Women Voters

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 24, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Winter Park Public Library Community Room, 460 E. New England Ave.

CONTACT: 407-623-3300

Recreational Programs Public Forum

The city of Winter Park will host a Recreational Programs Public Forum on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market located at 200 W. New England Ave. The forum is part of an effort to create a strategic plan for recreational programs in Winter Park, which will be implemented at the new community center currently under construction. The city encourages all community residents, business owners, special interest groups and other interested parties to attend and share their ideas on what types of recreational programs would be best for the city.

The strategic plan for recreational programs will review existing programs and services, conduct a comprehensive community input process, and determine the future level of programs and services. It will also prioritize needs and desires for services, and help determine pricing, timing, funding and other details for the next several years. In addition to this forum, a citizen survey will be administered to Winter Park households. The survey results will be utilized throughout the program planning process.

The city of Winter Park, through funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation, has hired GreenPlay, LLC, a nationally known parks and recreation management consulting firm from Broomfield, Colo., to oversee the strategic plan for recreational programs. Questions and inquiries regarding the planning process may be directed to the city’s Parks & Recreation Department at 407-599-3397.

Country Club to present Valentine’s “Scramble”

The city of Winter Park invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at one of Central Florida’s oldest and most beautiful golf courses, the Winter Park Country Club (WPCC), located at 761 Old England Ave. Join us for the Valentines “Scramble” and Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 13. The shotgun scramble begins at 3 p.m. and cost is just $5 plus greens fees. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Please bring a treat and get ready for nine holes of fun!

The WPCC is open to the public, and offers both junior and family membership packages. Special membership rates are also available for city of Winter Park residents. In addition to championship golf, the club offers a full-service pro shop.

As mentioned in Golfweek magazine, the WPCC remains a “classic golf experience with the same tight fairways and small, domed greens that seemed to baffle the pros.” To register for the Valentine’s Scramble, please call 407-599-3339. Space is limited, so call now.

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