Oviedo in the News
Thursday, October 28, 2021
PLEASE REVIEW AHEAD OF ELECTION DAY
residents will decide four charter amendment questions this election
The below is a City-drafted synopsis of each of the four (4) Charter Question/Amendments residents will have the option to vote on this election cycle. To learn more, including the purpose of the City Charter and details about the process to update the City Charter, visit youroviedocharter.com.
Read the questions/amendments in their entirety, exactly as they will appear on the ballot, at youroviedocharter.com.
question 1 - term length
Oviedo City Council Members, including the Mayor, each presently serve a two-year term, with elections occurring annually. Oviedo voter turnout in an off-year election, on average, is 5,036. Oviedo voter turnout in a statewide election year, on average, is 17,957. The cost the City incurs per voter is $5 in City-run elections (non-statewide) while the average cost the City incurs per vote is $0.18 in years in which statewide elections occur.
- Amendment 1 would increase the Oviedo City Council and Mayoral terms to four years in a phased implementation.
- Amendment 1 would move City elections to coincide with presidential and gubernatorial (statewide) elections, saving the City of Oviedo an estimated $22,408.33 in election costs per election based on voter turnout averages.
question 2 - debt financing
In the 15 years since the City last raised its debt issuance limit, the consumer price index has risen 28.54% so- what cost $5,000,000 in 2006 now costs $6,427,076.
- Amendment 2 would increase the total amount of debt allowed per calendar year from $5 million to $10 million (the current Charter provision that requires an affirmative vote of four (4) City Councilmembers at a public hearing for debt issues would remain unchanged).
- The $10 million limit would not apply to debt secured by water, wastewater, stormwater utility funds or debt associated with operational leases.
- Amendment 2 would remove an obsolete sentence pertaining to the past purchase of Alafaya Utilities, Inc.
question 3 - election provisions
The increase in the number of signatures required on a nominating petition reflects the City’s population growth and requires candidates to have “sweat” equity in qualifying to seek election for City Council or Mayor. Other changes reflect the current state election process governed by state statute, includes clean-up language and reflects the current standardized state form.
- Amendment 3 would increase the thirty (30) and sixty (60) day timeframes to sixty (60) and ninety (90) days, respectively, to reflect the current election process.
- Amendment 3 would increase the number of signatures required to be obtained on a nominating petition from twenty-five (25) to one hundred fifty (150).
- Amendment 3 would correct a scrivener’s error by replacing the word “ref” with the word “recall” [Sec. 3.03.04].
- Amendment 3 would delete a sentence and revise a sentence because the nominating petition is a standardized state form. [Sec. 3.03.10 & 3.03.11].
question 4 - City Clerk/public repositories
Various parts of the current Charter require updates to correct outdated provisions, inconsistencies, and a typographical error.
- Amendment 4 would delete the provision that requires the City Manager to furnish a bond (City Councils historically have not required City Mangers to furnish a bond).
- Amendment 4 would delete a sentence to eliminate an inconsistency that states that the City Manager shall appoint, suspend, demote and/or remove any subordinate officers and employees under the city manager’s jurisdiction, including the City Clerk.
- Amendment 4 would delete the word “in” from a sentence to correct a typographical error. [Sec. 4.07].
Visit youroviedocharter.com for more information.
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chiefs corner: Halloween safety tips
Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties, and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. Halloween will be here before you know it, and there is often a fine line between fun and safety concerns for moms and dads, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
Is it any wonder that with so many young children out on the streets with so many distractions that parents' holiday fun is tempered with concerns of holiday safety, especially road and pedestrian safety? Keep in mind that National Safety Council research revealed that Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 18 percent of the deaths. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Now is the time to plan for Halloween safety. You can discuss the following safety tips with your child or take yourself to keep children safe on Halloween.
- Children should avoid trick or treating alone. Instead, children should walk in groups with a mask and or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see.
- Try to select a bright-colored costume when possible. Hold a flashlight or glow stick while trick or treating to help see and be seen by drivers.
- Look left, look right, and left again when crossing the street. Use crosswalks when possible.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the edge of the road facing traffic when sidewalks are unavailable.
- When wearing masks, make sure they fit well not to block vision and make the costumes fit so as not to cause trips and falls.
- Remind your child to only enter homes if they are with a trusted adult, only visit well-lit houses, and never accept rides from strangers.
As parents, always check your children's candy before allowing them to eat it. If you are passing out candy, a suggestion would be to have the candy individually packaged, so kids can grab a handle and go.
Those drivers on the road should take the advice of Safe Kids Worldwide to:
- Slow down and be especially careful in residential areas.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs and sidewalks.
- Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn on headlights earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Extra Oviedo Police officers will be out in the neighborhoods on Halloween, monitoring traffic and pedestrian safety. We will all be working together to keep children safe on Halloween.
Oviedo Police Chief
loyal ladies adopt-a-road and clean up 159 gallons of trash
Members of one local social group know how to r̶u̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶e̶d̶i̶o̶c̶r̶e̶ have a good time, as jokingly said by their namesakes. The Ladies Society of Tom and Dan, a group of female listeners of the Orlando-based podcast, A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan, recently adopted Oviedo Mall Boulevard and collected 159 gallons of trash during its first cleanup. Their great work prevented all of that waste from ending up in the City stormwater system and nearby surface waters.
Formed in October 2018, the group has primarily been social in nature and is excited to branch out to this Adopt-a-Road project as the first of many volunteer activities to give back to our community.
Thank you Ladies Society of Tom and Dan for your amazing contribution to Oviedo!
YOU CAN HELP KEEP OVIEDO GREEN AND CLEAN
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ROADWAY BULLETINS & ALERTS
PUBLIC PARKING LOT - N DIVISION STREET AND E FRANKLIN STREET
The public parking lot located on the corner of N Division Street and E Franklin Street is closed until further notice for reconstruction.
SIDEWALK CLOSURES - EAST FRANKLIN STREET AND GENEVA DRIVE
Closure to sections of sidewalks adjacent to East Franklin Street and Geneva Drive will occur during construction of the Solary Park Project. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2021.