SPORTS FIELDS AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS FOR BARBER PARK
Sports fields for Barber Park are complete! The fields are located on the property adjacent to Lake George Elementary School. This is the culmination of a state of the art complex, for our community to enjoy. Also completed are the Splash Pad which should prove very popular as well an all children's playground, Thank you to all who participated in our community meetings,
ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
I requested Orange County consider this Ordinance which is authorized by Amendment 11, approved by voters in 2012. In order for the exemption to have benefited our community residents, it must be approved a super majority vote of the BCC was required. The approval was granted and the additional exemption took effect the following tax year (2014).
ONE YEAR REVIEW OF THE 1.1.1 GARBAGE COLLECTION
Board approved 1-1-1 automated collection, to begin January 1, 2016. Shortly thereafter, I expressed concern regarding bulk/large item pick-up. The Board passed my motion requiring a one year review of the new system. The review resulted in beginning January 1, 2018, residents will no longer need to call and schedule bulk/large item pick-up. The pick-up returned to its previous weekly schedule.
Lake Management study identified two needed projects in order to enhance water quality: installation of an alum treatment and a nutrient inactivation treatment to bind nutrients in the lakebed sediments to minimize re-suspension. A budget of $108,000 was allocated for the following year’s Environmental Protection Division’s capital improvement budget, to accomplish these projects. Lake Anderson discharges into the Conway chain and is the terminal end of a very large watershed,
CONWAY/HOFFNER OVERLAY ORDINACE
Studies conducted in 2009 and 2010 recommended an extension. An additional 5 miles were added, to the exiting overlay to include areas located from Conway/Hoffner to Semoran Blvd. My office in partnership with the Conway Community Council were successful in obtaining County Commission approval on October 20, 2015.
SAND LAKE SUN RAIL STATION
Worked alongside Pine Castle residents.Pine Castle Safe Neighborhoods and then Representative Linda Stewart. We collectively and successfully changed the name to Historic Pine Castle Station which is in Florida Statutes,
One of the oldest homes in the historical community of Pine Castle. This local landmark was saved from demolition through generous contributions from community members, retired Pine Castle Firefighters, along with grants requested from our Parks and Recreation Division. The final 35.000 was needed to save the house from demolition, We worked with all county offices involved with permitting and construction to ensure the projerct could proceed.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORDINANCE
After State legislation authorized counties to enact certain Ordinances I requested the County consider an ordinance requiring covered businesses to prominently display the Human Trafficking Hot Line, The ordinance passed December 1, 2015 with a unanimous vote,
PINE CASTLE DEVELOPMENT ZONE
In conjunction with the Planning Division staff a series of Review Group meetings focused on revitalizing the Pine Castle District, were initiated. The Review Group, consisting of residents and business owners within the district, who worked with staff on three key items that will help achieve Pine Castle’s vision of a more walkable, vibrant, and prosperous district. These items include: An update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map; An update to the county’s Land Development Code; A Green Infrastructure Plan addressing stormwater, landscaping, and parks within the district. Starting Fall 2017.
EMERGENCY HUMAN TRAFFICKING CENTER
Program was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners that offers a safe and therapeutic environment for survivors. A budget allocation was passed for fiscal year 2016-2017, to allow for this safe haven, a first of its kind in the State! The idea for the center began with a meeting with MBI and Florida Abolitionist, The shelter was approved for continuing funding in 2019.
I requested a discussion to address hydraulic fracturing, December 1, 2015. As a member of the Central Florida Water Collaborative, I became concerned about the language proposed by the State that eliminated local government restrictions. A resolution was passed December 15, 2015 by a unanimous vote,
CRP INCREASE WITH CAPACITY BUILDING FUNDS
Concerned that new not-for-profits had a very difficult time applying to the CRP (Citizens Review Panel) process, I requested an increase for Capacity Building Funds: An additional $50,000.00 set aside for capacity grants, for local grassroots non-profits, approved July 18, 2013.
FIELD OF DREAMS
Due to the vandalism at Azalea Park Little League in 2014, I requested the County revive the Field of Dreams Grant. This grant allows for sports leagues to help acquire equipment and enhance playing fields, for our children to have a safe playing environment.
Funds that were allocated for each District Commissioner to enhance their respective District. I have allotted monies towards the following:
Barber Park: Addition of a splash pad and all children's playground
Cypress Grove Park: Expanded the size of Cypress Grove Park by purchasing an additional 9 acres of green space.
2Gen Facility: Purchased a building to provide services in a holistic approach to help families rise out of poverty by removing barriers and champion families to become self-sustaining. A medical clinic is planned to be on-site.
Water Quality Improvements [artnered with EPD for two Baffle Box projects
Capehart Park: Basketball court cover to provide shade during play
Yucatan Park: Improvement of the shade structure over the children’s playground
SATELLITE OFFICE CREATED
To allow easier access to our office we created a satellite office held at a local branch of our Public Library.
SMALL AREA STUDIES
Due to pressures of development threatening the rural character and lifestyle in enclaves in my District, as well as other areas of the county, I, championed the creation and implementation of development guidelines for Rural Enclaves which offer residents compatible development as well as not interfering with their lifestyles.
CONWAY ACRES WALL
When Hoffner Road was scheduled for widening Conway Acres applied for a wall to the Florida Department of Transportation for construction of the wall, Denied at least twice I was able to negotiate a $300,00 allocation for the neighborhood to proceed with the project. This year all necessary signatures have been obtained and the wall should begin construction, A great Community/Government partnership.
PIONEER DAYS RELOCATED
Received a call that the annual Pioneer Days Festival was in jeopardy due to a lack of a venue. Within two days we secured Cypress Grove Park and worked out the details for the event to proceed. A major scheduling issue was to avoid reenactment cannon fire during scheduled weddings. It worked out and the park has been home for several years.
SKATE BOARD AREA FOR BARBER PARK
SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS
VOLUNTEER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS
WORKED TO SAVE HISTORIC TINKER FIELD
VETERANS DAY DEDICATION OF WILLIAM C COLEMAN DRIVE
POWER BOX ART
ANAC AIRPORT NOISE