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Apopka City Council Meeting Preview

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The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The packet for this week’s Apopka City Council meeting is 413 pages long.  Many items look routine, but there are several items that should prompt some interesting discussions and public comment.Here is a guide with links to some of the most interesting items on tomorrow’s 1:30 PM Apopka City Council Meeting agenda:ProclamationsTwo proclamations are on the agenda.  Tim Brodour will be presented with a Water for People Week proclamation.  Seminole County issued a Water for People Week Proclamation last week.  Use this link to learn more about Water for People.July is Park and Recreation Month.  The Mayor is scheduled to read a proclamation and present it to David Burgoon, Apopka’s Recreation Director.Employee RecognitionSeveral employment milestones will be recognized:Five Year Service Award – Justin Rawls – Fire/SuppressionTen Year Service Award – Rogers Beckett – Community DevelopmentTen Year Service Award – Juan Moreno Jr. – Public Services/Grounds MaintenanceTen Year Service Award – Billy Preston Jr. – Public Services/SanitationFifteen Year Service Award – Andrew King – Police/Support ServicesFifteen Year Service Award – Marciana Williams – Public Services/Fleet ManagementTwenty Year Service Award – William Alvord – Public Services/Fleet ManagementThirty-Five Year Service Award – Robert Elmquist – Public Services/Design EngineeringPresentationsApopka hired five new Police Officers.  They will be introduced at the Council MeetingThe 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report will be presented by the City’s CPAs, from Moore Stephens Lovelace.Sale of Alcoholic BeveragesThe first two Consent Agenda items involve the sale of alcoholic beverages.  Ordinance No. 2376 requires City Council approval for the sale of alcoholic beverages on City-owned property.  Alcohol is proposed to be sold at the Travis Tritt Concert on August 13th at the Amphitheater and the Debbie Turner Block Party at Kit Land Nelson Park on October 1st.The “Consent Agenda” is a meeting practice which packages routine and non-controversial items not requiring discussion and/or separate approval as one agenda item.  However, any member of the Council can request that any item on the Consent Agenda be “pulled,” and discussed separately.Police Officer CamerasThe 4th Consent item is a request from the Apopka Police Department for authorization to apply for a $12,708 grant.  If the grant is awarded the funds would go towards the purchase of 70 digital cameras that would be used to document domestic violence crimes.Police Vehicle CamerasThe 5th Consent Item is a request from the Apopka Police Department for approval to spend $24,995 from the Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund to equip the five new patrol vehicles with in-car cameras. If approved Apopka would have 15 patrol vehicles with in-car camera recording technology.  APD proposes to purchase the equipment on a no-bid basis from Crimson Technology who is the authorized vendor for Kustom Signals equipment. APD already uses Kustom Signals equipment and Kustom Signals is an evaluated source.Note: Purchases from “evaluated sources” are exempt from the City’s competitive bidding requirements.Recreation Youth Sports League FeesThe last Consent Item is the approval of new rates and charges for youth sports leagues.  The City Code requires the rates and charges for the use of recreation facilities and recreation programs to be developed by city staff and for the rates and charges to be reviewed annually. Rates and charges are to be reasonably related to the city’s actual costs and should be consistent with prevailing market rates.The City’s staff has made recommended changes based on the City Council workshop on June 15, 2016. The proposed new fees will apply to all youth sports leagues including Pop Warner Football & Apopka Little League.Development Design GuidelinesCity Staff is recommending the Council amend the City’s Code and add a new section to the Land Development Code entitled, “Development Design Guidelines.”The proposed Guidelines are 46 pages long and are intended to apply to all residential, commercial, office, institutional and industrial development, including both public and private facilities.The guidelines are based on the premise that a quality appearance will produce a quality lifestyle. The staff believes the guidelines will also mutually protect everyone’s investments. They further  state that the appearance of the community is required for Apopka to stay competitive.Sandpiper Road ProjectThis project has faced much controversy over the past two years.  The developers are seeking approval for a  that keeps the same number of homes (49), but moves the homes away from the western end of the property. At least one written objection has been filed.Public Participation PolicyAt the last City Council meeting a new Public Participation Policy was presented. To say it met with resistance from the public and some members of the Council would be an understatement.  Changes requested included:Removal of the proposed thirty (30) minute time limit for all public comments.Change the proposed individual time limitation from three (3) minutes to four (4) minutes.Remove the reference to applause, audible conversations, booing, harassing remarks, or other audience participation as being examples of “unruly behavior.”The requested changes have been made and Resolution No. 2016-16 will be presented to Council on Wednesday for review and adoption.Copart Final Development PlanThe Council is being asked to approve the Final Development Pan for Copart’s proposed 58-acre vehicle storage site on 411 just west of 429.Development Review Process ChangesCity staff are recommending several changes to the Development Review Process.“Scale back” the weekly Development Review Committee (DRC), meetings. Require applications to be submitted by the first of the month.  Have a DRC meeting at the end of the month. Meeting minutes should be taken and the meeting recorded.Eliminate public hearings for nonresidential developments that meet code requirements.Eliminate public hearings for final plat and construction plans for subdivisions if those plans are consistent with the approved preliminary plat.The meeting is at 1:30 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall. TAGSApopka City Council MeetingcopartRecreation Feessandpiper Previous articleWhen in Doubt, Check it Out: Heartburn vs. Heart AttackNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Roberson continues growth as Syracuse takes on California

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2014 at 12:20 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse By the end of his junior year at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School, Tyler Roberson was ranked as one of the top 30 players in the country. But just a season before, he wasn’t rated as a top-15 player in Union County, New Jersey.“He didn’t really have a high level of skill in terms of ball-handling, shooting, passing,” said Dave Boff, Roberson’s head coach at Roselle Catholic. “ … He hadn’t taken that next step. He was a long, lanky 6-8 post player as a sophomore.“As a junior, he was a 6-9 guy that could play multiple positions that had skills on the perimeter and in the high post.”The latter is the player No. 23 Syracuse (2-0) is looking to utilize as it heads into a matchup with California (2-0) in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The Orange and Golden Bears will tip off at 9 p.m., and Roberson will continue a familiar growing process as a sophomore starter for SU. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Roselle Catholic, Roberson crawled out of the paint and expanded his offensive game, which pushed him onto the recruiting map. Now the Orange is expecting him to refine that expanded game so he can contribute to an offense that needs more than just Rakeem Christmas, Chris McCullough and up-and-down guard play.“The coaches have told me they just want me to be more aggressive,” Roberson said. “I’m still getting comfortable but it feels like I’m getting there.”After averaging 2.2 points in 8.1 minutes per game last season, Roberson has started at forward in each of the Orange’s first two contests this year. But he played just 16 minutes in SU’s win over Hampton on Sunday, even as Christmas and McCullough picked up four fouls and the Pirates pounded the ball into the paint. Six players, two off the bench, played more than 20 minutes, and SU head coach Jim Boeheim said that Roberson’s minutes were reduced because forward B.J. Johnson was a better fit against Hampton’s matchup zone. Yet Roberson looked hesitant to shoot, was slow rotating in the back of the zone and wasn’t given the chance to work out the kinks. “The more minutes he gets, the better you’re going to see,” said Sandy Pyonin, Roberson’s coach with the New Jersey Roadrunners AAU team. “He has the skills and athleticism and size to be a great basketball player, if they let him go you’ll see it. “It’s a matter of what they want from him and if they want to let him go.”Boff said Roberson fits well at power forward but also plays the perimeter well. Pyonin was quick to call Roberson a natural small forward that can also play shooting guard, saying that he’s worked tirelessly on his 3-point jumper and has a future as a face-up player. And in the early going, it’s clear Syracuse is asking for some combination of those three spots. When teams have played zone, Roberson sits in the high post on offense, where he swished back-to-back 15-foot jumpers against Kennesaw State and where he started his drive for a game-sealing and-one against Hampton. With teams playing man, Roberson steps out to the perimeter to create space for Christmas and McCullough, and has made just one of six shots from outside the paint so far. “A guy like Tyler can really help us,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said after the Hampton win. “His 15-foot jumper opens up stuff on the perimeter and his ability on the perimeter gives us room inside. I think he’ll get going and it will jumpstart the offense when he does.”When Pyonin first brought Boff to Roselle Catholic, Roberson had the size and natural ability to play at the Division I level. But it wasn’t until he extended his offensive game beyond the paint and grew familiar with Boff’s system that he blossomed into a player who received offers from Syracuse, Kansas and Villanova, among other schools. Now he’s nestled into the Orange’s starting lineup and has another coach, system and team to adapt to.“I think right now he’s still a little tentative to make some plays that I think he can make at that level,” Boff said. “But I think that will come with time.” Commentslast_img read more