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Recap of January 4, 2022 City Council and CRA Governing Board Meetings

The foregoing is the Mayor’s recap of certain actions taken at the City Council Meeting held on December 21, 2021. The information expressed in this message is meant to be a factual summary of events. If you have questions made about the statements herein, please do not hesitate to contact Mayor Crissy Stile at

Mount Dora City Council Regular Meeting January 4, 2022

We began at 6:00pm with three presentations:

  1. Reading of Resolution 2022-05, Recognizing Cathy Hoechst
  2. Reading of Resolution 2022-06, Recognizing Harmon Massey
  3. Reading of Resolution 2022-07, Recognizing Pam Burtnett 

Board Appointments

  1. Appointments to the Lake County Library Advisory Board. City Council approved the appointments of Cathy Gillespie and William Lowery to Lake County’s Library Advisory Board.

Consent Agenda - this passed unanimously 7-0

  1. Request Approval of Meeting Minutes

-Nov 2, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

Action Items

  1. Resolution 2022-09, Face Covering Recommendation. Due to the Omicron Variant of COVID-19, Council approved a Resolution recommending face coverings be worn when indoors if unable to socially distance. This passed 6-1 (Councilmember Guenther voted against)

Public Hearings

  1. Approval of First Reading of Ordinance 2022-03, Building Height Moratorium. This Ordinance pertains to a moratorium for one year on the processing of any petition, application or request for a development order, variance, Planned Unit Development or Land Development Code Amendment which proposes to allow for a change in the existing building or other structure height limitation of 35 feet in all Zoning Districts in the Historic Preservation District of the City of Mount Dora and of 25 feet within 100 feet of Lake Dora. Mr. Crail made a motion to approve this resolution but amended his motion to include that should an existing structure within the Historic Preservation District be destroyed, the property owner would be permitted to start the approval process to rebuild the structure to the same height existing before said calamity. This first reading passed with a 5-2 vote (Rolfson & Guenther voted against).

City Manager’s Report  

  1. Updated COVID-19 information regarding vaccinations, boosters and testing information is available on the City’s website. 
  2. There is a City planned information session with the representatives for the Mount Dora Groves development on Monday, January 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Building. All citizens are welcome to attend. Questions can be submitted in advance to our City Manager Patrick Comiskey.

City Attorney’s Report - nothing to report

Future Meeting Dates

  • January 18, 2022 6:00pm 
  • February 1, 2022 6:00pm 
  • February 15, 2022 6:00pm
  • March 1, 2022 6:00pm

Community Redevelopment Agency Board Meeting

Consent Agenda

  1. Request approval of Task Authorization with CPH, Inc. for preparation of construction documents for streetscape repairs and enhancements. The scope of this task includes Civil Engineering, Survey, and Electrical Engineering Services for preparation of construction documents to modify existing landscape islands and raised electrical boxes located within the existing completed Downtown Streetscape Improvements Area. Cost for this service is $91,260.00 and is funded with CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) funds. Actual cost of repairs and enhancements is estimated to be $210,000. This item was pulled from the Consent Agenda for further discussion. For safety reasons and proper stormwater runoff grating systems need to be installed between the curb and the planters throughout the three completed phases of the streetscape project. If you need further detail please reach out and I can provide pictures of these proposed repairs. In addition to the grating installation there will also be 10 above ground electrical boxes replaced, and slightly relocated, with in-ground boxes to prevent continued damage to those boxes. This passed with a 7-0 vote
  2. Request approval of Commercial Visual Improvement Program (CVIP) Grant Agreement for 930 N. Donnelly St. The owner of this property has applied for a matching grant for $4,113.39 to enhance the overall appearance of the property. The owner will spend at least $8,226.78 on approved property improvements. Passed 7-0

A reminder was made at the end of this meeting that on Saturday, January 15th all are invited to a Unity Walk and celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day beginning at 11am at the MLK Center on Florida Ave. and walking to Cauley Lott Park (Highland and Pine).

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to any Councilmembers at any time.

 Crissy Stile

 Mayor, City of Mount Dora