published: Thursday, February 07, 2013
What should Avon Park focus on most?
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
AVON PARK -- City council and staff are looking for resident input as they sort out priorities for next term.
For the most part, city officials are extremely happy about the city's direction.
City Manager Julian Deleon pointed out how well the city was doing. "We focused on annexation, stability and debt management," he said.
Not only are finances in good shape, he added, sidewalks are repaired, street lighting installed, and a single stream recycling system put into place. Better, he said, new businesses are taking an interest in opening in the city because of lower taxes. For example, he said, three restaurants are in the process of opening (Italian, Mexican, Peruvian/Colombian).
"The city is scheduled to be 100 percent debt free by December 2015," Deleon told the council. "And we're projecting another large property tax reduction for the 2013-2014 fiscal year."
"I'm tickled to death with this," Councilor Terry Heston said.
The council was unanimously pleased to continue persuing the current prorities, although some requested a little tweaking.
Councilman Parke Sutherland wants to leverage some savings into quality of life issues for residents and training for employees.
"We're about as lean as you can get," he said. "We need to ensure our folks are cross-trained."
Mayor Sharon Schuler said code enforcement needed to be a higher priority, and Councilor Garrett Anderson said "creating a more business friendly atmosphere should be a high priority." He added the city would benefit by having more community events.
The city manager can be reached at 452-4403, or at avonpark.cc
Dead Wood (by: Blukey - 2/9/2013)
There is still some dead wood which need to go. When you have employees make decision and can care less about the people they are working for then THEY need to go. We will soon figure out whom.
A great job done. (by: Blukey - 2/9/2013)
A great job has been done since Mr. Deleon stepped on board. I do agree with Mr. Anderson about business friendly approach as a priority and not just thank about our personal agenda. Yes we need a good restaurant, a motel and community parks for our elderly and children. We also need to check on the monies been spent which should be placed back in the communities and we wouldn’t have to beef up code enforcement as a priority. We must include our children in our in our monies spent for community recreation in all areas of Avon Park. All employees for the City should have diversity Training.
Be Careful (by: Retired but watching closely - 2/8/2013)
Mr Deleon sure looks great on paper. You have to look behind the scenes to see what he did to make this happen. He cut jobs so he could get an enormous salary along with a few friends.
Amazing (by: Blindman - 2/7/2013)
It's amazing how Mr. Deleon has cleaned up so much waste and scraped out the dead wood in Avon Park. And the forecast for a balanced budget has to be great news for all of Avon Parks residents, except for the former burdensome dead wood employees that got scrapped for slacking on the job. Now if only President Obama could get a couple of pointers from Mr. Deleon on how to balance a freaking budget!
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