Good morning residents of the City of Mount Dora, this is Mayor Cathy Hoechst. In light of a number of things that have happened over the last several weeks, I believe it's time to take a break from the Town Hall meetings. This will allow City Hall and the Fire Department to discuss and resolve the issue of the department's staffing and the further review of parking solutions. City staff and I are working with the Fire Department and their union to solve current budgetary issues as it is a multifaceted challenge. Growth and revenue expectations were not met over the last several years, and everyone involved is examining priorities and assets to set a solid solution into play. As we move forward with meaningful discussion, our residents can rest assured that their protection and wellness is everyone's top priority.
Police Chief Meade is beginning the process to put our new vehicular noise ordinance into effect, and a focus will be placed on education to meet the expectations of the ordinance. Chief Meade is also working on a strategic plan for our Police Department and welcomes citizen input. Please reach out to him with your thoughts and observations personally or through the city website.
Again, based on a number of observations and concerns that I have recognized over the past several weeks, I am cancelling the Town Hall meeting that was scheduled for July 19th. At our City Council meeting on Tuesday, July20th at 5:30pm, I may lead a discussion with Council about the future of Town Hall meetings.
Several residents have questioned why the city installed trees and palms around the US 441 interchange with State Road 46. These trees were installed by FDOT at no cost to the city, and FDOT will provide irrigation and perform maintenance for the landscaping. FDOT has a policy to enhance the natural environment that attracts and supports economic opportunities and tourism.
Please continue to enjoy your summer.