Recap of the May 7, 2024 Regular City Council Meeting

Mount Dora City Council

Mount Dora City Hall Board Room

510 North Baker Street

Mount Dora, Florida 32757

May 7, 2024, 6:00 PM



1. First Workshop Wastewater (Sewer) Connection/Impact Fees-A Workshop Dedicated to the Extraordinary Circumstances Necessitating the Need to Exceed Phase-In Limitations; A Demonstrated-Need Study Justifying Fee Increases and Phase-In Thresholds Beyond Standard Statutory Thresholds. Raftelis Financial Group provided the necessary background as to the reasons for the Impact Fee increase.


Mount Dora City Council

May 7, 2024, 6:20 pm


1. 2024 Building Safety Month Proclamation

2. 2024 Historic Preservation Month Proclamation

3. Mount Dora Community Resource and Recreation Center - final drawings were presented to City Council and the public. The next step is to bid for a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) while simultaneously applying for a bond to fund the project.

4. Mount Dora Fun Fact - This fun fact gives an overview of the building on 5th Ave., across from City Hall originally known as Educational Hall. The brick building, built in 1912 and painted beige, rests on a foundation of molded concrete blocks supplied by then 23 year old Carl Risley. It was originally built as a school whose primary purpose was to accommodate the children of the winter visitors whose grades were quite different from those in the Mount Dora public school, which did not include any high school grades. An opportunity arose at Educational Hall for the town library to move into the west room of the buildings basement in 1917. The expansion of the library included a full-time librarian with a salary of $1 a week. Educational Hall began to suffer a decline in students following the opening of a new public school building in 1922 on Clayton Street, which now included the high school grades. After its closure, the townspeople asked the city to purchase the building so the library could move upstairs, eliminating a flooding issue. The city approved the purchase, but did not have the money to assume the mortgage, and would not agree to pay the librarian’s salary. Charles Edgerton was shocked by the flooding issue on a visit and he proceeded to assume the outstanding lien for the building, a whopping $1,043.89. On February 6, 1929 the city purchased the building for its use as a library. After 60 years in this location the library moved to a larger building in 1977, and the city sold the building to attorney and Mount Dora resident Del Potter. Last month the City Council approved the purchase of this building to expand City Hall offices and we will be proud to commemorate its history for all to enjoy.


1. Appointment of Mr. Juan Perez to the Northeast CRA Advisory Board (District 3) - appointed unanimously.

CONSENT AGENDA - Item #3 was pulled and moved to Action Item #2. Items #1 and #2 were approved with a unanimous voice vote.

1. Request Approval of Amendment 3 to the Agreement between the City of Mount Dora and Bellmore Enterprises Incorporated related to Underground Duct-Line Installation.

2. Request Approval of Task Authorization in the Amount of $65,316.59 with Faden Builders, Inc. for Site Work and Landscape Wall at Gilbert Park.

3. Request Approval of Pole Attachment Agreement between City of Mount Dora and Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC Related to Leasing Attachment Space on Distribution Poles


1. Approval of Employment Contract with Vince Sandersfeld, City Manager. This passed 7-0.

2. Request Approval of Pole Attachment Agreement between City of Mount Dora and Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC Related to Leasing Attachment Space on Distribution Poles. This passed 6-0 (Councilmember Walker abstained due to a potential financial conflict)


1. Budget Calendar Revision - Due to the Property Appraiser's commitment to send out TRIM notices on August 16th, 2024, which is one week earlier than statutory requirement, the non-ad valorum deadlines have changed. City Council will have an additional Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th, 2024 at 6:00PM.

2. Mount Dora Sister Cities Association (MDSCA) - The MDSCA gave a presentation in regards to the reactivating efforts of our Sister Cities Program with Forres, Scotland. City Council agreed that we would like to provide support for these efforts and help in any way possible.


• Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 6:00 PM, Regular Session

• Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 6:00 PM, Regular Session

• Monday, June 10, 2024, 6:00 PM, Budget Workshop

• Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 6:00 PM, Regular Session


Thank you for keeping up with what’s happening at City Hall. Should you have any questions at all feel free to reach out to me or any members of your City Council.

Crissy Stile

Mayor, City of Mount Dora


The foregoing is the Mayor’s recap of certain discussions taken place at the Regular City Council Meeting held on May 7, 2024. The information expressed in this message is meant to be a factual summary of events. If you have questions about the statements herein, please do not hesitate to contact Mayor Crissy Stile at