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Aug. 11 City Commission meeting highlights

If you were unable to watch or attend the City Commission meeting held Aug. 11 in City Hall Commission Chambers, below are a few highlights of decisions made at the meeting:

Mayor’s Report

• A proclamation was issued declaring Aug. 18 Graham Zusi Day.

• A Service Award was presented to Bill and Carol Swartz for 19 years of volunteering at the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.

• Summer Youth Enrichment Program providers and participants and Core Value Coin recipients were recognized.

Consent Agenda

• The minutes of July 28, 2014 were approved.

• The contracts and purchase orders were approved (for a complete listing, visit cityofwinterpark.org/ccpackets).

• The restated Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Orange County and the city of Winter Park for Community Development Programs under the Urban County Program was approved.

Action Items Requiring Discussion

• The visioning scope using assistance by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) was refined.

Public Hearings

• The requests of SunTrust Bank and Mr. James Moye were pulled from the agenda and will be scheduled for public hearing at a future date.

A full copy of the Aug. 11 City Commission minutes will be available at cityofwinterpark.org the week of Aug. 25, pending approval by the City Commission. Remember, if you are unable to attend the City Commission meetings, you can watch them live, gavel-to-gavel, as they happen. During the meeting, simply log on to cityofwinterpark.org/cclive to easily stay tuned-in to official city business.

Seeking a Utilities Advisory Board member

The city of Winter Park has approximately 20 boards that help advise the city on various issues. One of those boards is the Utility Advisory Board that helps make recommendations to the City Commission on the city’s water and wastewater and electric utilities. If this is an area of interest for you, please submit an application to become a board member at cityofwinterpark.org > Government > Boards.

CoffeeTalk featuring Vice Mayor Steve Leary

Don’t forget to attend CoffeeTalk featuring Vice Mayor Steve Leary on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 8 a.m. for conversation and a cup of coffee provided by Palmano’s Cafe & Wine Bar. CoffeeTalk will be held at the Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park

Popcorn Flicks in the Park is presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater. This free film series features classic films for the whole family. This month on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. Popcorn Flicks will feature “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in downtown Central Park. You are encouraged to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join us! There’s free popcorn for everyone. For more information, please call 407-629-0054.

Winter Park presents Art in Transit sculpture “Tree Whisperers”

The city of Winter Park and the Public Art Advisory Board are proud to present the Art in Transit sculpture “Tree Whisperers” at a dedication ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. at the Winter Park Train Station located at 148 W. Morse Blvd. City officials and board members will lead the ceremony to present the sculpture which will serve to greet train passengers to Winter Park.

As part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s implementation of SunRail, all stations were given an “Art in Transit” grant to present artwork at each station. Due to Winter Park’s passion for art, the grant was supplemented by funding from the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The Public Art Advisory Board released a call for artists and ultimately recommended artist, architect and Winter Park resident Diane Gillett Boswell’s work, “Tree Whisperers,” to the City Commission. The new artwork was recently installed adjacent to the train station on the green space between the train station and Morse Boulevard, which was created after the demolition of the former station.

Tree Whispers features eight double-sided panels with photographic images of yellow flowering tabebuia trees against a blue sky. Several of these magnificent tabebuia trees delight visitors to Central Park every spring. According to artist Diane Gillett Boswell, “My passion for photography has always been part of my life alongside the pursuits of a professional career in architecture.” Her works are also on display at Orlando International Airport and the new Amway Center in Orlando. Much of her subject matter has focused on what she sees as the beauty and expressions in trees.

For more information regarding the Public Art Advisory Board, please call 407-599-3498.

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