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Winter Park City Manager Randy Knight

CoffeeTalk featuring Vice Mayor Leary

Please join Vice Mayor Steven Leary for a cup of coffee on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6-7 p.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. for his first CoffeeTalk gathering. This is the city’s sixth year in holding these annual CoffeeTalk sessions for residents that have a latte on their minds or some beans to grind.

This is your opportunity to talk with Vice Mayor Leary in an informal environment and ask him any questions related to city business. Special thanks to Palmano’s Roastery and Espresso Bar for donating the coffee.

Aug. 22 City Commission meeting topics of interest

There will be a City Commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers located at 401 Park Ave. S. Below are a few topics of interest:

Mayor’s report

  • Proclamation - Miss Florida Kristina Janolo, former Miss Winter Park.

  • Board appointment to the Ethics Board.

Consent Agenda

  • Approve the minutes of Aug. 8.

  • Approve the following purchase and contracts:

• Deduct change order to community center contract with Turner Construction Company and authorize the mayor to execute the change order document.

• Piggybacking the city of Orlando contract with TAW Orlando Service Center, Inc., for electric motor and pump repair and authorize the mayor to execute the piggyback contract.

  • Approve the 15 foot water main easement located at 811 S. Orlando Ave. (Publix), between the Hollieanna Shopping Plaza and Winter Park Business Center.

  • Approve the extension of the Conservation Easement for 250 N. Interlachen Ave. for the Morse/Genius Foundations.

  • Approve the naming of the amphitheater at the new Winter Park Community Center to the Ruby Ball Amphitheater.

  • Approve the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services guidelines on food preparation for Saturday Farmers’ Market vendors.

  • Award IFB-11-2011 Continuing Services Contract - Concrete to multiple vendors: A. L. Construction Enterprises, Inc.; Allcrete Inc.; Castille Company, Inc.; and Conpilog Construction Div.

Public hearings

  • Requests of the city of Winter Park:

• First reading of the ordinance amending Article III, “Zoning” the standards for significant changes requiring conditional use approvals on buildings more than 10,000 square feet, the standards for significant changes to conditional use approvals and the standards for building approvals in the Hannibal Square Neighborhood Commercial District.

• First reading of the ordinance amending Article III, “Zoning” so as to revise the approval procedures for the approval of building projects on such waterfront lots.

• First reading of the ordinance amending Article I, “Comprehensive Plan” to adopt new public notice and adoption procedures for amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Goals, Objectives and Policies document, substituting for the current amendment procedures.

  • First reading of the ordinance authorizing the refunding of the Water and Sewer Revenue bonds, Series 2002.

City Commission reports

  • Commissioner Leary

  • Commissioner Sprinkel

  • Commissioner Cooper

  • Commissioner McMacken

  • Mayor Bradley

Please note: There is a work session scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to discuss Ravaudage.

You can find the Commission’s full agenda and information on specific agenda items by logging on to the city’s official website at www.cityofwinterpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets.

Budget work session

There will be a budget work session held immediately following the regular City Commission meeting to discuss the fiscal year 2012 budget.

Launch of city’s newest technology to promote local businesses

Please join Mayor Ken Bradley, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Chapin and SaveMyCity Director of Business Development Mike Harris at a media event on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., on the front steps of City Hall to learn about this new technology where the community can save money, support local businesses and shop Winter Park.

Attendees of the launch can enjoy free samples from several SaveMyCity participating merchants including: Sprinkles, Sassafras, Nelore, Menchies Frozen Yogurt and Barnies Coffee & Tea Company, among others.

City to celebrate grand opening of its first LEED-certified building

The city will celebrate the completion of the new Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 W. New England Ave., with a Ribbon-cutting Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. The 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be open to the public for an Interactive Open House on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of the city’s sustainability initiative, the center was specifically designed to be more energy efficient, conserve water and improve indoor air quality for guests making it the city’s first city-owned “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified green building.

The project has been a three-year process that began in 2007 when the Community Redevelopment Agency’s strategic plan identified building a new community center as its No. 1 goal. The city worked with Turner Construction to build a center that will meet the needs and desires of the community as pertaining to programs, design and layout. In the spirit of true community-building partnerships, many local neighborhood, business and philanthropic organizations have helped to make this project possible. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will manage the center and facilitate all programming.

Amenities of the new center will include:

Extensive meeting spaces and classrooms; rental opportunities for large and small receptions, events, meetings and banquets; multipurpose pool facility with lap swim, zero-depth spray play with recreation area; regulation-size gym; outdoor theater stage; state-of-the-art resistance and cardio equipment in fitness center; computer lab; game rooms; and a community garden.

Programming at the new center will include:

Childcare programs for grades K-5 throughout school year; after-school Teen Club with mentoring and tutoring opportunities; youth and adult sports leagues; adult group fitness classes; youth and adult enrichment programs; summer camp programs for grades K-8; summer volunteer program for grades 9-12; health and wellness programs focusing on creating a healthy community; weekly seniors program composed of health/wellness education; disease prevention and social opportunities; seasonal aquatic facility featuring open swim, lap swim, water aerobics and swim lessons.

For additional event information regarding the Winter Park Community Center or to book event space, please call 407-599-3334.

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