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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 4 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

City Commission Work Session

There will be a City Commission Work Session Monday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers to discuss the solid waste request for proposals. This work session is open to the public, however no public comment will be taken.

Feb. 8 City Commission meeting

Following the work session, there will be a City Commission meeting at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers. For the most up-to-date agenda, please visit under What’s New. Below are a few topics of interest:

Mayor’s Report

Visioning Game Night and Game Box update

Non-action items

Visioning update

Progress Point property update

Consent Agenda

Approve the minutes for Jan. 25, 2016.

Approve purchases and contracts (for a complete list, please visit

Action Items Requiring Discussion

“Support our Scholars” proposal

Solid waste Request for Proposal (if necessary)

Public Hearings

Second reading of the ordinance amending Section 58-65 “R-1AAA Lakefront District,” subsection (f)(1)(h), and Section 58-66, “R-1A and R-1AA District,” to remove unnecessary deed restriction requirements to streamline the permitting process; establish rear setbacks for Single Family Residential properties with short lot depths; and correct a single-family dwelling coverage error; and modify certain miscellaneous residential provisions.

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.

NEW LOCATION: CoffeeTalk in City Hall with Electric Utility & Public Works Director

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of CoffeeTalk where the community can talk one-on-one with city leaders. On Thursday, Feb. 11, citizens can join Electric Utility & Public Works Director Troy Attaway for CoffeeTalk at 8 a.m., at a new location for this month, the second floor of City Hall located at 401 S. Park Ave. Let’s enjoy a cup of conversation about our electric utility, public works projects, and great coffee provided by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen®. For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Construction to impact travel to Saturday Farmers’ Market

On Friday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m., New York and Lyman avenues improvements will continue, which includes replacement of the railroad tracks, as well as demolition, rebuilding, and resurfacing of the existing rough railroad crossing to create a smoother road surface. Both the railroad crossing and intersection will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and is expected to reopen Sunday, Feb. 21, at approximately 11 p.m.

This closure will impact the pedestrian and vehicular traffic during the Saturday, Feb. 20, Winter Park Farmers’ Market. Attendees are asked to follow the detour signs that will direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic to and from the market during this time.

The city continually strives to minimize inconvenience to local residents and through traffic during construction. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this important project. For additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at 407-599-3262.

Road closure on southbound U.S. Hwy. 17-92 postponed

The Florida Department of Transportation has announced a major detour for southbound U.S. Hwy. 17-92 between Winter Park and Maitland due to an upcoming road project. All southbound lanes on U.S. Hwy. 17-92 from Lake Avenue to State Road 423 (Lee Road) will be closed to traffic, though due to inclement weather in the upcoming weekend, the scheduled road closure for this weekend is postponed.

The contractor will be working in all of the southbound lanes of U.S. Hwy. 17-92 during this period to remove existing concrete slabs and replace the roadway with asphalt. Detour signage will be placed at key locations along southbound U.S. Hwy. 17-92.

For more information regarding construction, please call 407-482-7813 or email [email protected].

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there is one that all road users share — everyone is a pedestrian. Tragically, in Florida pedestrian fatality rates have consistently been among the highest in the nation. According to MetroPlan Orlando’s 2015 regional crash data, pedestrian crashes account for 4 percent of the total reported injury traffic crashes in central Florida this year. In an effort to prevent these avoidable tragedies, the Winter Park Police Department has renewed its partnership with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Beginning this month, WPPD will utilize the resources provided by this partnership to engage the public, and share information regarding safe walking, riding, and driving. By distributing educational materials to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as through presentations to school-age children, use of social networking, and targeted enforcement of violators at high-risk areas, WPPD hopes to improve the public’s knowledge of traffic laws and methods of safe walking.

Creating a safe and efficient driving, walking, and bicycling environment has long been an established goal and integral part of the City of Winter Park. By enhancing pedestrian and bicycle safety, we hope to ensure that the City of Winter Park will continue to be the best place to live, work and play in Florida for both our residents and visitors.

For more information on the “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement Campaign,” please visit FDOT at:

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