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Apopka City Council Meeting Preview


If social media comments are any indication we can expect the discussion about Resolution 2016-16 to perhaps be the most interesting topic on the Agenda for Wednesday night's City Council Meeting. The draft resolution, if adopted, will establish; "A Public Participation Policy & Procedures for Addressing the City Council." More about this item can be found here.

Here are some other interesting items on tomorrow's Apopka City Council Meeting agenda:


By now everyone should be aware of Christian Lamphere's 9/11 Memorial Eagle Scout Project. An artist's conception of the Memorial will be discussed. And a check will be presented by Copart to Christian Lamphere for the 9/11 Memorial Project. These two items will be followed by an announcement about the UCF Colleges of Medicine Free Clinic.

May Disbursement Report

The first of seven items on the "Consent Agenda" is approval of a 37-page report that lists 497 checks that were issued by the City in May 2016. These payments total $3,022,382.

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.

Vehicle for Hire permit - Uber

The 2nd item on the Consent Agenda is the issuance of a Vehicle for Hire permit to an Uber driver.

Three Service Weapon Retirements

Another Consent Agenda item. The Police Department is requesting authorization to present service weapons to retiring members of the Police Department to recognize the members’ credited service to the City of Apopka and its citizens.

  • Canine Handler Officer Paul Rehn served Apopka for 19 years
  • School Resource Officer Jamie Anderson served Apopka for 19 years
  • Sergeant Robert Mark served Apopka for 12 years

Approve the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages on the 4th of July at the Northwest Recreation Complex

Another Consent Agenda Item. Fireworks at the Amphitheater is a City sponsored event held at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Apopka Ordinance No. 2376 requires City Council approval

for the sale, consumption and carrying of alcoholic beverages on City-owned property during events or programs.

Purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer - $39,613

Item #6 on the Consent Agenda will authorize the purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer for the Public Services Department. Staff proposes to spend $39,613.00. This price is based upon using a 2015 Florida Sheriffs Association Contract. "Piggybacking" on the the Florida Sheriffs Association contract will expedite this purchase and allow the Public Services Department to implement the NPDES Stormwater requirements in a timely manner.

Award Website Design Contract - $34,186 plus $6,031 per year

Eight companies submitted proposals. An evaluation committee of five city staff reviewed and ranked each proposal. The evaluation committee recommends CivicPlus. The first year cost is $34,186. Annual website hosting, security and management is $6,031 beginning in year 2.

Non-Profits to be Required to Apply for Business Tax Receipts

Apopka Code requires tax-exempt organizations to apply for but not pay business taxes. The Green Sheet indicates that many non-profts have not applied. The Business Tax Receipt Applications are used by the City to ensure that buildings used by non-profits are in compliance with building, zoning and fire codes. It is estimated that 150 non-profits will be asked to apply.

Use this link to see the details on these issues and to review the entire meeting package.

The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall.


Apopka City Council Meeting


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