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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, May 4, 2016 4 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

Denning Drive walking tour and public meeting
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

May 9 City Commission meeting

There will be a City Commission meeting Monday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. For the most up-to-date agenda, please visit under What’s New. Below are a few topics of interest:

Mayor’s Report

• Legislative Update – Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson

• Proclamation – Emergency Medical Services Week

• Proclamation – Building Safety Month

• 2016 board appointments

• Representative to serve on the Orange County Community Action Board

• Award Presentation – American Water Works Association Florida Section Outstanding Class C Water Treatment Plant Award

Non-Action Items

• March 2016 Financial Report

Consent Agenda

• Approve the minutes for April 25, 2016.

• Approve purchase, contracts and formal solicitation (for a complete listing visit

• Approve the relocation reimbursement agreement with Duke Energy of Florida regarding the Fairbanks Avenue undergrounding project.

Action Items Requiring Discussion

• Relocation of the Winter Park Golf Course Croquet Court to Martin Luther King Jr. Park’s Lake Island Hall, and the introduction of an area containing a nine-hole putting course.

• Consider offer to purchase 2600 Lee Road

Public Hearings

• Appeal filed by Dr. and Mrs. Gordon, for property located at 550 Holt Ave. regarding a denial of a variance request by the Historic Preservation Board for railings and a gate.

• Second reading of the ordinance vacating utility easements for lots bounded by New England, Virginia and Welbourne avenues and Hannibal Square East.

• Second reading of the ordinance amending ordinance numbers 2843-11 and 2880-12, Article III, Chapter 2, city code regarding city boards and commissions; and amending Chapter 22, Article II, Section 22-28, “Amendments to Florida Building Code,” Subsection 113, concerning the Construction Board of Appeals.

• First reading of the ordinance amending Chapter 50, “Fire Prevention and Protection.”

• First reading of the ordinance to make modifications to the Police Pension Ordinance.

Remember, if you are unable to attend City Commission meetings, you can watch them live, gavel to gavel, as they happen. During the meeting, simply log on to to easily stay tuned-in to official city business.

Denning Drive walking tour and public meeting

The city of Winter Park, with assistance from GAI Consultants Inc., will hold two public involvement meetings to discuss Denning Drive, its current conditions, and future possibilities. The first meeting, will be in a workshop format and held Thursday, May 12. The follow-up meeting, will be held Tuesday, June 7. Both meetings will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd., and public input is encouraged.

On Thursday, May 12, the meeting will involve a “walking audit” of Denning Drive giving attendees the opportunity to experience Denning from a walker’s point of view, including bike activity along the corridor as well as bus and vehicular movements along the road. After the walking tour, the participants will discuss the corridor’s capacity to accommodate all of these modes of transportation. Special attention will be given to the relationship between residential properties and businesses along the corridor.

At the second meeting, Tuesday, June 7, staff will summarize the May meeting discussions as well as present sketches and concepts based on the feedback from the first workshop. Attendees at this meeting will have the opportunity to discuss, and provide input and suggestions on the information presented.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact 407-599-3665 or [email protected].

Improvements to Showalter Field

The city of Winter Park has negotiated a Showalter Field use agreement with the Orange County Public School Board. The new use agreement will allow the city to implement improvements to the facility, including a running track and synthetic athletic field, as well as supplement facility maintenance costs with rental payments from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), Rollins College and additional tenants.

“This new agreement between the city of Winter Park and OCPS is another example of how regional partners can, and should, work together for the benefit of our community. I want to thank Vice Mayor Sarah Sprinkel for her efforts on this project, and a special thank you to Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette, whose direct involvement got us across the goal line. This agreement will benefit students and families of Winter Park High School for decades,” said Mayor Steve Leary.

"We are excited to continue our special relationship with the city of Winter Park. I especially want to thank Mayor Leary and the City Commission for working with us as partners in our effort to improve Showalter Field and maintain it as one of the premier athletic facilities in the county," shared Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette.

Since 1993, the city has leased Showalter Field to OCPS for $1 per year, giving OCPS exclusive use of the facility for Winter Park High School events and other school-sanctioned activities. In return, OCPS has been responsible for management and maintenance of the field, facilities and infrastructure.

The new use agreement will shift maintenance responsibilities from OCPS to the city, allowing Winter Park to lease the field to OCPS for $80,000 annually, as well as additional tenants throughout the year to create lease revenues. Soon-to-begin facility improvements aforementioned will be funded through cost sharing between the city, Rollins College and Winter Park High School Foundation.

U.S. Highway 17-92 road closure

U.S. Highway 17-92 will be closed to traffic between Winter Park and Maitland between 12:01 and 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 while SunRail workers lay new tracks across the 17-92 bridge. The road closure is necessary to ensure the safety of motorists while work is done to improve the track and provide a smoother ride for SunRail passengers. Detour route signage will be placed at key locations along U.S. Highway 17-92 advising motorists of how to drive around the work zone.

Detour Information:

• Traffic traveling southbound along U.S. Highway 17-92 should make a right turn onto Maitland Boulevard, take the I-4 westbound ramp onto I-4 westbound, exit at Exit 88 for State Road 423 (Lee Road), take a left onto Lee Road and make a right turn onto southbound U.S. Highway 17-92.

• Traffic traveling northbound along U.S. Highway 17-92 will make a left turn onto Lee Road, take the I-4 eastbound ramp onto I-4 eastbound, exit at Exit 90 onto Maitland Boulevard, and make a right turn onto northbound U.S. 17-92.

Please be careful around trains, railroad crossings and construction. Be smart. Be safe. For more information, please go to For more information, please contact Steve Olson at 386-943-5479 or [email protected] or Jessica Ottaviano at 386-943-5473 or [email protected].

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