Apopka commissioners see reason for State of City optimism

first_img December 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm Mama Mia Wayne December 19, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply June 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm Wow, I can just imagine what the Trumpers said when they found out that in NY Bill Clinton was one of the elector college members who casted a vote for Hillary………LOL, now that is funny! Oh yeah, and I didn’t see any photos of Hillary standing there looking over Bill’s shoulder gazing at his ballot to see if he voted for her, like I saw The Donald do at the polls looking over Melania’s shoulder to see if she voted for him!!! LOL!!! Trump is soooooo insecure! Did he think Melania was going to vote for someone else??? What a clod! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom A diversity of opinions expressed by the CouncilThe State of the City AddressMayor Joe Kilsheimer laid out his administration’s accomplishments  and vision for the future in a 35-minute, 5,000-word State of the City address Monday morning. He touched on several issues including business in Apopka, municipal government, public safety, city finances, grants, economic development, The City Center, The Highland Manor, growth, education, and even the environment. The Apopka Voice is taking a comprehensive look at each section of the speech, with the City Commissioners thoughts being the theme for part four.Part Four: The Commissioners weigh-inIn a strong-mayor form of government, the mayor sets the agenda. Typically it is his vision that drives a city into the future, but in Apopka the strong-mayor form of government comes with four partners in decision making – the city commissioners. Partners might be one description, checks and balances might be another.With that in mind it is important to know the thoughts and opinions of the Apopka City Commissioners as it relates to the State of the City address. The Apopka Voice talked to all four of them, and their opinions were diverse.Bankson: “I will always be a voice for moving forward in a fiscally sound way that creates a sustainable future for us all.”Commissioner Doug Bankson was encouraged by the forward movement and potential of Apopka.“I’m excited about the future opportunities we have here in Apopka,” he said. “We are at the perfect time in our history to see many positive changes while keeping and building on our heritage and hometown feel. The economic opportunities to bring needed jobs will be a tide that raises all ships through both personal income and revenue to the local economy. I’m very excited about the fire department bringing to Apopka the Firefighters Challenge national competition. Our firefighters did so well winning nationally, and it was their idea to “bring it home” which will give us another way to show how great Apopka is. All in all there is a synergy growing that has unlimited potential if we move forward together. Uniting our community organizations, HOA’s, schools, and churches and working together to serve the citizens of Apopka is the key to success.Commissioner Kyle Becker was also optimistic of Apopka’s future, but stressed the need for improvement and growth in leadership.Becker: “It is incumbent upon us as leaders to ensure we improve and grow stronger every day.”“Like many Apopka residents, I had work commitments that prevented my attendance for the address, but was very pleased to see the Mayor deliver this type of message to the residents of Apopka.  I think a State of the City address is critical to ensure residents of our city are aware of progress, and where focus is needed for future action.  I agree with the Mayor’s message that the state of our city is strong, but it is incumbent upon us as leaders to ensure we improve and grow stronger every day.”Dean: “I thought he did a good job, but I was hoping to hear something I didn’t already know.”Vice Mayor and Commissioner Billie Dean gave Kilsheimer high marks for delivery, but hoped for new ideas in the speech.“I thought it was presented well. He did his homework, and I don’t want to sound negative, but he didn’t bring out anything new in his speech. Everything he said we already knew. There was nothing exciting. We’ve been talking about the splash pad for months, and the (Florida) hospital was done before he took office. So I thought he did a good job, but I was hoping to hear something I didn’t already know.”Velazquez: “I’m excited and profoundly optimistic in the direction the city is heading in.”Commissioner Diane Velazquez was perhaps the most excited about Kilsheimer’s address. She noted the inclusive nature of the message, as well a focus on public safety, growth and jobs.“In Monday’s State of the City address, the mayor highlighted the accomplishments completed in the last two years of his administration, and he also addressed the future developments the city will undertake as it continues to grow and prosper. The mayor gave credit to the city council and the city staff for their hard work in helping and keeping the city’s interest as their main priority. The message was clear and to the point, but most importantly, I believe it was inclusive delivering a wide range of subjects that our residents, business people, and visitors are all interested and concerned with. It’s my belief that the visioning study was instrumental in helping the city’s administration decide on how to prioritize the direction and what route the city administration will take as it continues to consider and undertakes the needs of our community. Monday’s address emphasized public safety, growth, and jobs – three very important concerns the community cares about. I think it was clear that these subjects are and will be paramount now and in the future.Tomorrow: Education, Economy and a final analysis of the State of the City address. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Diane Velazquez thank you for viewing the dysfunctional dead end mess that is Mt. Stirling Ave.Like Ed said we need an upgrade to a functional cul-del-sac with a grass perimeter and fencing likeHaddington Ct. and the rest of this phase of Rock Springs Ridge. Reply Please enter your name here Mama Mia Here is what is weird to me about today, the day the electoral college members cast their votes as to who they vote for President of the United States………the electoral members votes will be gathered up and sent to Washington and will not be revealed until Jan. 6, 2017. Isn’t that amazing? Yet, on election night they announced the winner on tv before all the votes were even counted from around the entire nation! They even announced who was leading which may have influenced other people’s votes in other states behind in the different time zones….! The actual vote tally was not accurately known for weeks in some states……yet now, that it is the electoral college members turn, we are kept in the dark until Jan. 6, 2017! This whole system is so strange! What, it takes about 18 days or so to count 538 votes????? Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I am a lot more optimistic regarding the COA’s future, than our nation’s future, and that is for sure! However, whatever policies Trump and his administration dictate will ultimately greatly affect state and local government also. This Russian hacking is very serious, not just campaign e-mails hacked, but also, it is now revealed, the Pentagon was hacked, even before the election! And with a President-elect that is purring like a happy kitten with Putin’s every action, it is frightening! I question every single day why the President-elect is given top secret info BEFORE he is even sworn in? This is not right! This is before the electoral college has even decided if he is going to be President……and what if they don’t choose him with their votes???? Is he going to spill the beans of the top secrets of our nation, to his buddy, Putin, in revenge ?????? Reply December 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm 5 COMMENTS December 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm Reply TAGSCity CommissionersMayor Joe KilsheimerState of the City Previous articleInexpensive ways to decorate for ChristmasNext articlePastor Morgan takes the reins as Ministerial Alliance President Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia Well, so much for Jan. 6 announcement as to who will be president…….the rat race is over, and the rat has won…….guard your cheese, and hope that he screws up sooner rather than later, and is removed for whatever illegal, corrupt, conflict of interest, treasonous, or otherwise impeachable offense, and is hauled away and LOCKED UP and removed from office ASAP! LOCK HIM UP and waterboard him, for conspiring with our nation’s enemy! Send him to Gitmo, where he will get more, as he never has enough! Sick of him already, and he isn’t even sworn in yet!……….. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! 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