Mount Dora Citizen is introducing a new feature, called Quick Bites. Just some brief updates on goings-on in Mount Dora. This week there’s a little on local government, downtown happenings, and Mount Dora High School. Enjoy!
Let’s Do Lunch – The new lunchtime spot on Donnelly Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues will be opening soon. They’re looking for employees now. Sounds like a great addition to town, because…Maine Lobster Roll!
Look forward to an exciting new exhibition at Modernism Museum Mount Dora beginning October 3rd – Esherick to Nakashima; the DNA of Modernism. Nakashima’s pieces, in which he philosophically used wood to focus on the soul of a tree, its’ life and legacy, will be featured. Also showcased is the Museum’s permanent collection by Wharton Esherick and a selection of unique pieces from Wendell Castle, all influential artists of Modernism and the American Studio Arts Movement.
Get out your spandex shorts and your bike helmets! (Well, maybe just your helmets, you decide.) The 41st Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival is almost upon us. October 9, 10, 11 the Chamber of Commerce will be, once again, promoting the two-wheeled sport and the City of Mount Dora. If you won’t be joining in the festivities, have heads up for cyclists all around the city during that time.
The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club will be holding an open house is on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. They are actively seeking new members to join the club – fun, fitness and fellowship! The Lawn Bowling Club is located at the end of Donnelly Street on Edmonton Court between Evans Park and the Mount Dora Marina and Boating Center.
Bra-Vo – Taking Action, Making Art, Saving Lives – October 1- October 25th at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. Bra-Vo is An ‘Art Bra’ event that raises funds to provided free or low cost diagnostic testing for breast cancer to those in need in Lake County, FL. Over the years, Bra-Vo has grown and now incorporates many facets, more than just decorated bras, more than just flamingo flocks that move around the town, more than just a gallery party. Bra-Vo has heart, Bra-Vo is about community, and Bra-Vo is about access to mammograms for everyone in Lake who needs them.
The State’s Ethics Commission has found no probable cause and has dismissed the ethics complaint filed by two residents against Mount Dora Council Member Michael Tedder. Taxpayers will be picking up the bill for his defense attorney, as Tedder was not found guilty of any infraction.
City Council – The Mount Dora City Council has their final budget hearing on Thursday, September 24th at 6:00 in City Hall. Below are some highlights from the conversations at Tuesdays’ council meeting relative to the budget.
- As it stands, council seems poised to adopt the proposed (and current) millage rate of 5.997 mills.
- The expansion of the city’s biosolids processing will be re-evaluated at a later date. Current drying methods will continue.
- Council does not appear to be inclined to spend the money to fund a rescue boat for the fire department.
- Thrill Hill reservoir plans will be moving forward, as their appears to be no viable alternative available.
- Utility relocations along Highway 441 from SR 46 to SR 44 will also be moving forward.
- Money ($50,000) has been earmarked towards trees and urban forestry – the specifics to be determined at a later date
- Council seems inclined to bring the street sweeping operation back in house, as the outside contracting of the function over the past several years has yielded unsatisfactory results.
- Council will be considering dedicating $2,500 towards a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program for wild and/or feral cats within the city
Customer Service at City Hall – At the urging of Council Member Ryan Donovan, there will be a forthcoming review of customer service, what it means and how it is practiced by those in the building department and customer service areas of city hall. City Manager, Vince Pastue will be looking at current practices and potential areas for improvement.
That is dedication to your job. How many of you would kiss a goat for a cause? Pictured is School Resource Officer Frank Smith – also known as “Robocop” to the students of Mount Dora High School. The FFA Club at Mount Dora High School held a fundraiser recently. The result? The name that collected the most money as a nominee to kiss the lovely goat was Officer Smith. And, to the chants of “Robocop” during a school assembly, he did just that.
Melissa DeMarco, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)