By Danielle Barbour
Local resident, Ann Zembovitz, addressed the Village of Florida Board at their meeting on Wed., Aug. 9, regarding speeding on Highland Ave.
“I know it’s not an easy fix but I’m going to have to pay my house off and sell it so I can get off the street, which is sad because I’ve worked hard to have that house,” said Zembovitz.
Mayor James Pawliczek, Sr. replied, “I have the police department giving out tickets as much as they can.”
Trustee John Barczak, Jr. talked about accidents he has witnessed on Maple Ave., including one that caused destruction on his own property.
Zembovitz said that her car was hit with her daughter in it. She talked about not being able to take a walk on her own street. She mentioned that the speed limit is 25 m.p.h. but some people drive upwards of 50 m.p.h.
“I know not much can be done, but I wanted it on record,” said Zembovitz.
Ending & Ongoing Projects
During the meeting there was also a discussion on the progress of ending and ongoing projects. Trustee Craig Olejniczak reported that the recreational swim program ended on Wed., Jul. 26. He would like to let the community know that if they are interested in the swim program for spring of next year, registration will begin in January of 2018.
He also wanted to thank the Florida Public Library for their reading program, the Department of Public Works for keeping the park clean while the recreation program was going on and lastly the camp counselors, who did a fantastic job. He hopes that the counselors will return again next year.
Trustee Brian Slattery praised the DPW for their great work on the sidewalks and the grounds surrounding the new parking lot next to the library. He also reported that the Orange County Department of Mental Health donated three six-foot-long tables, several chairs and a CD player/radio to the Village of Florida.
Trustee Barczak, Jr. reported that surveillance cameras have been installed in Glenmere Park.
When it came time for public statements about agenda items, Village resident Ann Zembovitz thanked the Village for the swim program, stating that, “the instructors were excellent with the kids.”
Trustee Brian Slattery reported on the Mapes House progress. The Parmerter family donated $70,000 to the project. Once the Village determines what the money will be allocated for, they will begin working on the porch and electrical.
Increase to Water Rates
Under New Business, the Board has approved increasing the rates charged to users of the water system who are outside the Village limits and use more than 30,000 gallons per quarter. The rate increases from $6 to $9 per thousand for amounts between 30,000 and 100,000 gallons and $9.66 per thousand for any amounts over 100,000 gallons, effective retroactivity to Jul. 1, 2017.
An additional $2,000 shall be charged for each 300 gallons of water per day or portion thereof supplied by the Village and to add a new Sec 116-11 to provide that all customers outside the Village limits shall be charged 150% of in-Village water rates. This will go into effect for all new construction and contracts.
The Mapes House bid for an electrical contractor was won by JM Electric with a bid of $5,581.93 to do the panel and poll work. They also won the bid to run power from the sewer plant generator to the DPW, in the amount of $2,453.06.
Eagle Scout Proclamation
An Eagle Scout proclamation for Vincent Palacino was next on the agenda. The Village Clerk read aloud the following proclamation: “Mr. Palacino, by his own personality, enthusiasm and quest for knowledge, has brought distinction to the Village. He has achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. He has served his Village and School District by procuring donations for and installing a community info sign at 53 N. Main St. in front of the Memorial Building as his Eagle Scout project. The Village of Florida proclaims Sat., Aug. 12, 2017 as ‘Vincent Palacino Day.’”
A presentation took place at the Village of Florida fire house on Sat., Aug. 12.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will take place on Wed., Sept. 13 in Village Hall, located at 33 S. Main St. in the Village of Florida.