A profitable day for The City of Apopka

first_img Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Let me make it very clear who is sitting on the council now and voted for your water rates, sewer rates, re-use water rates that were increased, plus all the additional charges and fees that I discussed up above in my postings and approved of them. First, Commissioner Becker and Commissioner Bankson were not to blame, as they had not been elected at that time. This ordinance for an increase occurred starting at the Feb. 3, 2016 Apopka City Council Meeting, Ordinance 2475, and at that first reading Commissioner Ruth made the motion to increase the rates, seconded by Commissioner Velasquez……….all others, Commissioner Dean, Commissioner Arrowsmith, and Mayor Kilsheimer all voted in favor too, and voted aye. The first reading was all in favor. Then there had to be another vote, a second reading, and Commissioner Ruth made the motion to increase the rates again, and approve the ordinance 2475, and Commissioner Velazquez made the second, and Commissoner Arrowsmith voted for approval, Mayor Kilsheimer voted for it, and this is where it gets sticky because Commissioner Dean this time changed his vote, and voted against the ordinance to increase your water, sewer, re-use water rates and all of the excessive extra fees. So Commissioner Dean was not responsible in the long run for upping your water rates, that was the second reading of the ordinance, and it passed 4-1 with Commissioner Dean voting against it. The second reading was Feb. 17, 2016. I looked it back up because I wanted to get it right. You can heard it at Apopka.net, Feb. 3, 2016 council meeting and Feb. 17, 2016, council meeting………..so who listens to the citizens, as our representatives of the people??? Regarding tax increases, utility increases, fees, etc.????? Remember them that could care less what you have to say, and hold them responsible, sooner or later! Reply Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply August 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm Reply Mama Mia Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Reply August 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. One other fact that I find fascinating is that when the west side well at Grossenbacher Water Plant was drilled, there were old shark’s teeth found way down in there and were pulled up during the drilling. I guess it is true that Florida was once completely covered by the ocean. I got to go cook supper now…………… Please enter your name here Reply Reply Yeah, and the SJRWMD gave $ 70, 088 dollars to the city, as a partner, to help the city educate and show citizens, commercial accounts holders, and the city itself, on how to conserve water from the aquifer, and identify high water usage accounts. The mayor wants to increase his donation to the Apopka Begins and Ends With A program, the non-profit program, that helps the local school system get a better school grade rating. The mayor wants to give $ 70,000 to that program for the coming year, for the schools, in the coming budget, out of tax payer funds! And at the same time, has the gall to ask the council for a millage rate increase on property taxes….. Odd, isn’t it, that is the same amount that SJRWMD gave to the city, pretty much? I think I’m onto something here……Hmmmm.???……….the mayor already has a plan to conserve water, and it has already been pasted, and approved, by the city council, prior to the last election. It is called PAYING OUT YOUR BUTT for your water, sewer, and re-use in the form of a bill increase every year, annually for the next five years, and you will see your first monthly increase, on your Oct. 2016, bill, and it will increase each year for the next five years, and will COMPOUND just like the interest on your credit cards!!!!. Thanks a lot for nothing, old city council, not new council members just elected……….W&$%)&@X!T*)^F$^U!!!!!!! If you go on vacation and have to cut the water off and then back on later expect a charge for the cut- ons and cut- offs……also you will pay for minimum water bill, sewer bill, and re-use bill, even though there is no water being used on your home during your vacation or your trip back up north as a snowbird resident, or for any other reason. This is also part of what the old city council pasted and approved recently, prior to Commissioner Bankson and Commissioner Becker’s arrival as commissioners……thanks for nothing old council members, and I don’t mean under Mayor Land either, you all, in part, who are sitting up there now, except for Commissioner Becker and Commissioner Bankson, who were not there then, when you all refused to listen to the citizens!!!! ……..^#x%@!85)$!ZY^*!!!!! Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm August 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply August 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm August 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm I, for one, as an Apopka city resident and taxpayer, am tired of the City of Apopka, giving away money to non-profits, and I don’t care who they are! All of them. And I don’t care what Buddy Dyer does over in Orlando. You now understand why his tax rates keep going sky high. Wasting money, that is not his, but acts like it is his! Same thing is going to happen here in this city, if someone doesn’t stop it! Apopka Youth Works………..why is the city giving away money to pay for them a job? I wouldn’t have a problem with the program, if they were employed by the city, with the city paying their wages, but they go work for private businesses, and the city pays the bill for them to work somewhere else! It is true. Plus a non-profit pays part too, I understand. Let them work for the city, if the city is going to pay them, and do something for the good of the city doing a job! Good grief. Go wash some fire trucks, file some paperwork, sort out something up at city hall, wash the garbage trucks, pick up paper in the parks, something! I don’t mean something dangerous, but my goodness, if they want the money, they can’t expect to sit on their duffs in an air conditioned building and just whirl around in a computer chair at a desk, playing big wig! My husband and I were not so lucky at that age, to have someone coddle us with jobs, we had to go find one ourselves if we wanted money. Let them work at the city, and do something for the money that the taxpayers have to pay for them!!!!!! Plenty of fire hydrants to be painted, hint hint……….. Please enter your comment! Yeah, also if you didn’t know it, emergency calls to cut your water off for a leak, used to be a courtesy and there was no charge. Now you will be charged a fee. $ 35.00 to come cut it off, and $35.00 to turn it back on. Don’t mess with the cut off valve yourself because if you break it, then you will be charged for the damage, yourself, or if they catch you………………….. Mama Mia August 5, 2016 at 11:43 am Mama Mia Mama Miacenter_img Thanks for those details. They have been added to the story. August 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm TAGScity council meeting Previous articleHurricane Earl makes landfallNext articleOn This Day: Anne Frank Captured Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Just to clarify, the AHA Players presented a check in the amount of $500. Additional monies raised through Aunt Gingibread’s concession sales and donations made directly to Christian at the event brought the overall total raised to be almost $800. Yesterday, two tall sand crane birds almost got hit. We were moving along pretty good in the far right lane when all of a sudden out of nowhere coming across the fives lanes of heavy traffic, in front of Dream Lake the birds stepped right and we managed to avoid them and go on, after hitting the brakes. Their gray color blended right in with the color of the road, and they walked between the cars! I looked over to the left lane beside us, and spotted Commissioner Bankson, in his car, and he avoided hitting them too. It happened so fast, but they managed to get on across, the heavy fast traffic, over to pick along Dream Lake Park. I would have just died if we had of hit them! Reply Reply Reply And for the record, there is a professionally made, Re-call Mayor Kilsheimer sign stuck in the ground right near the intersection of my home, and it is not a painted do-it-yourself homemade sign, and Mayor Kilsheimer, I didn’t do it! Don’t blame me for that one……….I didn’t do it!!! Jim Meadows Now regarding the claim that there is water that stinks like poop really bad coming from the Grossenbacher Water Plant, that is not the drinking water, that is along the sidewalks, when from time to time, and it happens in all cities, the sewer lines get backed up from something that was flushed, and stuck to the lines, and this causes a backup of the sewage and when that happens, you can look at the manhole covers, they will be clearly marked with the words sanitary sewer, and they will be in place over the holes, but the sewer water will be overflowing, from underneath, and will run down the streets, along the sidewalks, and down the storm drains. It happens, if you know what I mean. LOL! I saw it happen not too long ago and was hunting the phones to call it in on my cell phone, then I saw the crews coming to work on it, right there along Park Avenue at Grossenbacher, Nightingale, Sandpiper, etc……Don’t get confused, and think that is the drinking water smelling like that!!! Believe me, it does smell like poop, because that is what it is, when the sewer lines back up! Mayor Kilsheimer, you will be pleased to know that the sign was gone this morning. I checked near the intersection around 7:25 am and it was gone. Didn’t see it tossed in the high grass either. Maybe the best place to conserve the water would be for the city to look at their own efforts of conservation………what about the 85 MILLION GALLONS OF WASTEWATER that was suppose to be used for re-use water, but was pumped onto the spray fields and wasted. That is a tremendous amount of water, OMG! Picture this, the potable water tank at Grossenbacher Water Plant, the big one, holds one million gallons. Now picture that amount, because you can drive by there and see it, now multiply that amount you pictured in your mind, times 85, and that is the amount, 85 millions gallons of wasterwater, that was to be used for re-use water, and sold through the water system to residents for their lawns, that was WASTED, and why? Anuvia, and their excessive high levels of nitrates, that messed up our waste water plant for awhile, and put us in the news in a negative light, that’s why! Is the problem solved now, and at what cost, has it cost us the tax payers? We will never know, for sure………… 17 COMMENTS Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm Reply August 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Reply Good people can disagree on budgets, spending, reserves and how to manage them, but when giant checks show up at The City Council meeting, everyone is generally happy. It was a profitable day for The City of Apopka, with grants, gifts and 5-0 votes to accept the funds filling the early agenda.Apopka Boy Scout Troop #211 received a check from The City of Apopka.It started off with Christian Lamphere and his Boy Scout Troop #211 receiving a gift of $1,500 from The City of Apopka for their assistance with the Independence Day event. The Troop helped event goers get their cars parked efficiently.Lamphere also received a check for $800 from Jim Meadows, Founder of the AHA Players community theater group. He also gave Lamphere a banner listing the names of all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Lamphere is constructing a 9/11 memorial at Apopka City Hall with support from The City of Apopka and the community.The money was raised during the AHA Players’ June Performance of “The Guys” at the Apopka Community Center. The performance included a display of a section of the original World Trade Center, which will be the centerpiece of the 9-11 memorial. Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery also sold items for the event. The AHA Players portion of the $800 donation was $500. Additional monies raised through Aunt Gingibread’s concession sales and donations made directly to Christian at the event brought the overall total raised to almost $800.The Duke Energy Foundation presented a check for $9,500 to support Apopka Begins and Ends With ‘A.’ The Duke grant is the first-ever cash award for the program, which the City launched in October 2015.The City of Apopka received a grant from Duke Energy for Apopka begins and ends with ‘A’.The city program seeks to help Apopka schools work toward achieving an “A” rating from the state of Florida through a program of focused community involvement into educational activities. The program’s goals are to improve student outcomes as well as the perception of Apopka-area schools. Overall, the City’s long-term objective is to increase Apopka’s prospects for economic development.“In November of 2015, we established two community action team programs at Rock Springs and Lovell Elementary Schools,” said Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “We hope to expand it to five schools this year.”Duke is also a sponsor of the Science Incubator Program in Altamonte Springs which benefits the Seminole County Public School System.The City also received a check from Robert Brooks, park manager with the Wekiva River basin state parks, for $100,000 in state grants to improve recreational facilities at the city’s Alonzo Williams Park and Kit Land Nelson Park. The grants were awarded as part of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.The Apopka Fire Department also received two grants from The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and from FEMA.The Firehouse Subs  awarded Apopka firefighters with $4,401 to purchase special extraction equipment used in vehicle emergencies.The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $10,000 grant to the Apopka Fire Department to purchase a portable kit that tests the fit of firefighters’ respirator masks. Masks are assigned to each firefighter as part of their essential equipment to breathe clean air during emergencies. The masks must seal properly around firefighters’ face and heads to be properly certified each year.CORRECTION: An earlier version of the article did not provide detail about the the AHA Players 9-11 Memorial donation.  It has now been added. August 5, 2016 at 7:29 am The mayor told the truth about the Grossenbacher Water Plant and why there is a smell sometimes, it is the sulfur in the water. Actually, sulfur is good for your health. Yes, the sulfur water it is aerated, and it helps remove the smell, and yes, if a new pump was put in, then the water that was released out there on the grounds, was for the flushing. 100% true……my husband used to be over the water plants, told me that the one well down at Grossenbacher had a nick- name, Sulfur Annie, and that is the well that is the most shallow, but the other wells are super deep compared to Sulfur Annie. The well is a she………….who knew? There is way more sulfur in the most shallow well, Sulfur Annie, but the water from that well, is in no way bad for your health because of the sulfur. They rotate the pumping from the various wells, and if one can’t up with the demand, others come on. August 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Dale Fenwick It appears to me that the city went up on the utility rates and all the excessive fees, regarding utility services, that the city didn’t use to charge for, in order to give more money to the mayor’s favored non-profit program for the schools, such as Apopka Begins and Ends With A…….then money to other non-profits, that he got strong-armed into giving to, that I don’t think he really wanted to give to. Time to cut them all off, if the city needs money, and claims they need to raise taxes to pay for them! Just say no. Reply Mama Mia Organizations that want non-profit money, let them go paint fire hydrants for so much each, and earn the money, not just the Apopka Youth Works……….they city has in the past had to have groups paint them. Don’t know who they were…….. Reply August 4, 2016 at 6:37 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Sharks teeth can found down at Rock Springs too while tubing the waters. August 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here August 4, 2016 at 7:00 pmlast_img read more