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Apopka City Council Meeting Preview


The packet for this week's Apopka City Council meeting is only 132 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 today's 1:30 PM Apopka City Council Meeting Agenda.


One proclamation on the agenda. Autumn Rae Shannon Day will be proclaimed by Mayor Kilsheimer. If you do not know who Autumn Rae Shannon is read this.

Employee Recognition

Several employment milestones will be recognized:

  • Five Year Service Award – Curtis Johnson – Public Services/Utility Maintenance
  • Five Year Service Award – Randy Johnson – Public Services/Waste Water Maintenance
  • Five Year Service Award – Danielle Saslo – Police/Field Services
  • Ten Year Service Award – Daniel Criswell – Fire Department/EMS
  • Ten Year Service Award – Robert Mark, Jr – Police Department/Support Services
  • Fifteen Year Service Award – Christopher Hanstein – Police/Field Services
  • Fifteen Year Service Award – Edward Mueller – Community Development/Building
  • Fifteen Year Service Award – Rojelio Vasquez – Public Services/Utility Construction


  • Apopka hired five new Police Officers. They will be introduced at the Council Meeting.
  • Mayor Kilsheimer will present a check to Boy Scout Troop 211 for thier Parking Services at Fourth of July Event.
  • Jim Meadows will present a check from the AHA Players to Christian Lamphere's Eagle Scout Project by AHA Players.

Grant Acceptance

Five grants will be accpeted by the City:

  • Duke Energy Foundation Grant Award - $9,500 for the "Apopka Begins and ends with A" program.
  • Two FRDAP Grant Awards - Two $50,000 grants for renovations and new construction at Alonzo Williams Park and Kit Land Nelson Park. These grants come from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP)
  • The Apopka Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the amount of $4,401. These funds will be used to purchase special extrication equipment used in vehicle emergencies.
  • The Apopka Fire Department has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase respiratory fit testing equipment.

Edwards Field Site Plan Contract - $4,000

The first of two Consent Agenda items is the approval of a $4,000 contract with CPH, Inc. to develop a site plan for an Aquatic Facilty to be built at Edwards field. The facility will include an Olympic size pool, gym, skate park and splash pad.

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.

Consulting Agreement for Form-Based Code Completion - $24,985

The Community Development Department is requesting approval to contract with Littlejohn Engineering Associates to complete the work that began in 2011 on the City's Form-Based Code. The Form-Based Code will apply to development within a general one-mile radius from the interchange at Kelly Park Road.

What is a Form-Based Code? According to Wikipedia, "A Form-Based Code is a means of regulating land development to achieve a specific urban form." Read more here.

Development Review Fees

According to the City staff, the City's Development Review Fees have not been reviewed since 1993. The staff is requesting permission to review and update the fee structure.

Public Hearing Items

There are six items on the Public Hearing part the meeting agenda. The first five are routine.

Screening of Coaches

Historically, the Apopka Police Department has conducted background screenings of coaches and other persons having routine contact with minors at city facilities. Florida Statutes now place the screening requirement burden on the organization that uses the facilities. The proposed Resolution transfers the responsibility and the liability for background checks to the organization.

Apology from City's Auditors

The last item on the agenda is a letter of apology from the City's audit firm. Read it here.

The meeting is at 1:30 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall.


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