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TOWN HALL CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

In observance of Independence Day, Town Hall will be closed on Friday July 3, 2015. As always, residents can leave any correspondence in the green utility box in the Town Hall parking lot, and staff will collect it on the next business day.  

 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS

There will be meetings of the Cemetery Committee - Monday July 6, 2015 1:00 pm at Town Hall 

 
FIRE ASSESSMENT

Following  an extensive study conducted by Government Service Group, Inc, several meetings and a workshop, the Town Council voted unanimously to set the upcoming fire assessment for fiscal year 2015-16 at $80.00 at the Special Council meeting which took place on June 23, 2015. There have been two Public Hearings where residents of the Town were able to voice their opinions and make suggestions to Council.  The maximum amount that could be assessed was $160 as indicated on the notice sent out to residents in May.  The assessment agreed upon is half that figure and will be transferred to the tax roll. It will appear on this years tax bill as a separate line item.

In addition to reducing the level of the new assessment, the Town will not be billing the $40.00 assessment which normally goes out in May. This means that effectively there is no increase this year. The Council also adopted a Hardship Exemption Program which will allow those residents on very low income to apply to the Town for relief of the assessment amount over the first $40.  For more details please contact Town Hall on (407) 469-2681.

 
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Troy Bennett would like to invite all residents to attend the upcoming Council Meeting.  It will take place on July 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. There will be a period of Citizen Questions and Public Comment at the beginning of the meeting.  Agenda items include:

  • Approval is requested for Resolution 2015-18 for the Minor Site Plan application made by the F & M Gas Station and Food Market
  • Request for additional funding for the off duty patrols carried out by the Florida highway Patrol
  • Approval for installation of lighting on part of the bike trail
  • Approval for the asssignment of an Interlocal Agreement pertaining to Lake County Animal Control Services 
  • Second reading of Ordinance 2015-17 regarding the inclusion within the Lake County Taxing Unit for Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services

All Residents are encouraged to attend the Council meeting; 

 
HILLS OF MINNEOLA

The Town Council of Minneola voted 4 to 1 to approve the conceptual plan for the Hills of Minneola at their meeting on June 16.  This new development covers over 1,800 acres and includes almost 4,000 new homes, retail, commercial, office, industrial and schools surrounding the new Turnpike interchange.  The development is split into pods and the industrial section of 112 acres was designated to border the back of the Trails of Montverde and also the Vinola Drive/Place area of the Town with a buffer between the existing residences of only 25 feet. The industrial section is set to be built on the Upland Preserve, a wildlife and bird habitat spanning 283 acres. 

Fighting the development was a group of residents led by Sandy Smith, Nancy Fishinger, Shirley Hetterly and Nathan Brown who attended the three public hearings along with a large group concerned about the environmental impact on the Upland   Preserve. They were not able to convince the developer to retain the Upland Preserve however their efforts did get them to change the use in that pod and also to significantly increase the buffer between the properties affected and the new development to 75 feet.  The industrial element was also cut in half, the heavy element was eliminated and the half that is immediately adjacent to the existing homes in the Trails and Vinola area has been changed from industrial to residential.  A great achievement for the voice of the people.

The Mayor, Council and other concerned residents would like to sincerely thank Sandy, Nancy and their team for their sterling efforts to retain and protect the natural habitat of the Upland Preserve and for achieving an infinitely better use for the pod which will greatly benefit the residents in this part of our Town. 

 
MAYOR'S PROCLAMATION - 2015 ELECTION
This year's Caucus will take place on August 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm immediately before the Regular Council Meeting in the Town Hall Auditorium. Candidates can be nominated to fill the position of Mayor and three (3) at large council seats, each for a two year term.  The election will be held on November 3, 2015.  The Charter states that a candidate must be a registered voter and resident of the Town of Montverde for at least six (6) months.  To download the proclamation click here
 

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