General Items of Note
Special Meeting of the Orlando City Council
This Special Meeting on Monday, May 18, was to consider items on the Consent Agenda that were previously scheduled for the regular meeting of May 18 at 2 p.m. as that meeting was cancelled.
All of the proposed ordinances previously scheduled for consideration at Monday afternoon’s regular meeting will be rescheduled for our next regular meeting on June 15.
Staff will make sure that all of the proposed ordinances are properly re-advertised for public hearing on that date too.
Congrats to Sheehan on LGBT Award
Mayor Dyer congratulated Commissioner Sheehan for being recognized by the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida and Harvey Milk Foundation with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harvey Milk Diversity breakfast last week.
Historic Preservation Events
May is historic preservation month. Last council meeting we presented our historic preservation awards and now we are heading into the City to install new plaques at some of our historic sites.
On Tuesday, May 19, at 2:45 p.m., Mayor Dyer will join Commissioner Sheehan in unveiling a Florida Historic Marker on the Eppes-Shine plot at Greenwood Cemetery to mark the plot of two of Orlando’s earliest civic-minded families who are also the descendants of Thomas Jefferson.
Then next Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Dyer will join Commissioner Hill to unveil a historic plaque at the Wells’ Built Hotel. This is one of more than two dozen plaques that we are installing around Downtown to recognize our local landmarks.
Each plaque tells a story about the buildings which will help residents and visitors to understand the people, places and events that have shaped our Downtown.
Neighborhood Watch & National Night Out
Mayor Dyer stated his top priority is the safety of our community and working with our residents to keep our neighborhoods safe.
Some of our greatest accomplishments have been through our crime reduction efforts that focus on outreach, where our officers go out into our communities and develop relationships with our residents.
Our Neighborhood Watch Program is a great example of these important partnerships with our residents that have led to reductions in crime and make our neighborhoods safer.
Every year we celebrate and work to increase our Neighborhood Watch Program with National Night Out every August.
Gearing up to this year’s event, the Orlando Police Department is hosting several crime prevention training classes and neighborhood kick off events staring this month including Women’s Self Defense classes at several of our Community Centers, a Senior Safety Summit and a Hispanic Safety Summit.
For a full listing of events and to get involved with our National Night Out activities, visit cityoforlando.net and click on the featured topic- Keep Our Community Safe.
Agenda Items of Note:
B11- Design/Build for OFD Station 2
Continuing on our commitment to Public Safety, we must provide our residents with our top rated fire and medical service.
Monday’s agenda included an item that will further the City’s efforts to construct Orlando’s newest Fire Station – Station 2.
The new Station 2 will provide enhanced safety services to the residents and businesses of the Historic Parramore Neighborhood.
Mayor Dyer looks forward to working with Commissioner Hill as our City works to construct this new state-of –the- art station to serve our residents.
D #2 – Operation Americorps Grant
The Council voted to accept a $1.7 million grant award from Corporation for National and Community Service to participate in the Operation AmeriCorps Program. Orlando is one of only six cities in the nation and the only City in the Southeast to receive this grant.
The grant will provide funding for the City to launch an Operation AmeriCorps Program to hire 65 full-time AmeriCorps members who will work directly with high school juniors and seniors residing in Orlando’s lowest income neighborhoods.
These AmeriCorps members will provide one-on-one mentorship to more than 2,000 students and further support the City of Orlando’s efforts to ensure the success of our youth.
Mayor Dyer is proud of this partnership with Operation AmeriCorps and how this program with further our goal to ensure Orlando is a City for everyone and provides all our residents with opportunities to succeed.
To learn more about this program and to learn how you can become an Operation AmeriCorps member and help us make a difference in the lives of our children visit our website at cityoforlando.net.
QTI & Small Business Grant
Two items were on Monday’s agenda that could bring 135 high-quality jobs to our City.
First was the resolution to support the expansion of La Chiquita, a family owned and operated tortilla manufacturer with its first location in Atlanta. The company takes great pride in creating the highest quality tortilla products and services many national chain restaurants.
Due to anticipated growth, La Chiquita is considering District 6 in the City of Orlando as a location for the establishment of a second state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
If La Chiquita chooses Orlando for this project, the company will create 110 new high-wage jobs for residents between now and 2020. Mayor Dyer recognized Matt and Adam Oliaro from La Chiquita for considering Orlando for their expansion.
Second is a Business Assistance Program agreement for Spectrum Sports Performance, a leader in the sports performance training of athletes.
Spectrum is relocating from Winter Park, plans to create 25 new full-time jobs and is investing more than a half million dollars in its 17,000 square foot building’s renovation. Mayor Dyer thanked Dan Schuck with Spectrum Sports Performance who for investing in our City.
We welcome Spectrum to the City Beautiful and we are hopeful La Chiquita chooses Orlando for the home of its newest location.