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A Summary of The City Council Meeting for 9/7

Approval of Minutes:

By a vote of 5-0 the City Council approved the minutes into record of the following meetings:

1. City Council Workshop on July 19, 2016.

2. City Council Workshop July 20, 2016

3. City Council meeting August 17, 2016.

Employee Service Awards

The following employees of The City of Apopka were honored:

Five Year Service Award – Samarie Koller – Police/Communications Five Year Service Award – Angela Rozier – Police/Communications  Ten Year Service Award – Dennis Carter, Sr – Public Services/Streets Ten Year Service Award – Dina Cedillo – Police/Support Services  Fifteen Year Service Award – Charles Whitehead – Public Services/Water Plant Twenty Year Service Award – Gregory Conant – Recreation/Grounds – Athletic Complex

Public Comments

Only Dr. Ray Shackelford spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting.

He applauded the idea of a Youth Council…

“Sometimes we try to impose our wisdom on young people,” he said. “But I will be looking forward to all of us learning from them.”

He also criticized the Council for raising taxes, and using the the reserves to balance the budget. He called on them to take a pledge not to use the reserves next year to balance the budget.

“I will be back during the budget hearings to present my proposal,” he said.

Consent Agenda

Selection of firm to update the City’s Land Development Code

The City Council voted 5-0 to approve the two consent agenda items:

The City has received qualifications, data and expressions of interest for professional services related to the update of the Land Development Code, and to authorize a  door-to-door solicitation permit for  Andrus Albi, an employee of E.H. Engelmeier Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. is requesting approval to go door-to-door within the city limits of Apopka to solicit roofing services. City Code requires a permit to solicit business door-to-door.

Business Items:

Approval of the Preliminary Development Plan for Binon Reserve

The Council voted 5-0 in favor of  Binon Reserve –  a 21 acre subdivision with 44 homes located at 1078 S. Binion Road (South of Lust Road and West of Binion Road).

Approval of the Redevelopment Plan/Final Development Plan for Piedmont Plaza

The Council voted 5-0 in favor of allowing the owners of the Piedmont Plaza strip mall (where Hobby Lobby is located),  to increase the retail square footage by 24,100 square feet to a total of 245,130 square feet of commercial retail space.   They also approved three waivers to the City Code:

  • Allow a maximum building height of 65 feet (City development standards limit maximum building height to 35 feet).
  • Allow less than a 10-foot setback for two buildings.
  • Allow only 987 parking spaces (1,227 are required by code).

Approval of Annexation Requests

The Council voted 5-0 to approve five annexation requests. One is on Plymouth Sorrento Road, another is on East Sandpiper Street, and three are on Oak Point Circle.

Ordinance Changes

The Council voted 5-0 to make changes to five existing ordinances. The first is to establish rules regarding conversations between elected and appointed officials and the public. The other four are efforts to update and streamline the approval process for routine items.

Youth Council

Commissioner Kyle Becker made a proposal to form a Youth Council. His initial proposal can be read here. Becker added the idea of including private schools to his initial list of Apopka, Sheeler, and Wekiva High Schools as well as home schooled students who live in the Apopka City limits. The Council was receptive, and assigned it to City Administrator Glenn Irby to form a committee and give a report on where it stands in two weeks at the September 21st City Council meeting.





  1. Glenn has to form a committee? News to me. Could not hear that part on the audio. It amazes me that I have sat at the council meetings so many times and I have heard this, ” We don’t have the staff to do that”, if it is something a citizen requests, or the staff is swamped, and they don’t have the time, but now all of a sudden, with this youth council idea, it is jumped on, and bragged about, and staff is suddenly available to take care of a role playing youth council, with an enormous amount of red tape and regulations, rules, etc…… to keep record of….. I am fed up. This is not amusing, it is insulting, as a taxpayer. The youth program A to A needs axed, the Apopka Youth Works Program needs axed, and this idea of a youth council needs to die a proper death, too. It is bad that the school system is cutting out classes and training that benefits students, but using city tax payer dollars to give to the OCPS is wrong, their budget is way larger than our city budget, paying for summer youth jobs is wrong if the city taxpayers pay the bill in part , and the youths go to work for a private company, and not the city, that does not benefit the taxpayers of this city, and the youth council is an idea that should be implemented at the school level, just like the debate club at the schools, but not City Hall. The city’s staff and resources will be used and it is just plain wrong! Not to mention the youths who will apply and will be turned down for whatever reason! Those that will be turned down will probably be the ones that don’t have connections to the council people, and their buddies. That’s a self esteem de-builder for sure, but oh, they will be encouraged to re-apply…..ha!. This youth stuff, all of it started out modestly, but it is snow-balling out of control, and it needs to stop, as the costs are increasing more and more each year, and who pays????? It is in the thousands, excess amounts, and nearly $ 100,000 dollars, maybe more! Reality check time!!!

  2. I saw on one of the websites where someone said something about the pond there at Piedmont Plaza will be filled in. Is that true? I mean I don’t think it should be if it is spring fed, but at the same time, that pond there is very deep and is so close to the roadway. There are no guardrails along there or anything to stop a car if there was a wreck or if a car careened off the roadway. When it is rainy season the pond level gets so high and so close to the road!

  3. The soap opera in the City of Debary continues…….here we go……the ousted- out former Mayor of Debary and his buddy, the Mayor of Sanford, are going to be “celebrity guest bartenders” at the Barn in Sanford. The proceeds will go to help Meals on Wheels. It is a challenge between the two, as to who can raise the most cash for the charity. The City of Debary is mad about it, and they are mad anyway at the ousted mayor, because he is going to run for re-election again, but now they are mad at him, not only about this charity event, but because on the flyer, that has been handed out around the cities, it lists the former ousted Mayor of Debary, as the elected mayor!!! LOL! The city administration in Debary is hollering fowl, that it is a liability issue, and the soap opera continues……….. I think this story was on Channel 9 Orlando News. The event is next month, I think, is what it said…..check it out.


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