News from Buckhead Ridge

Despite the day’s heat and the night’s rain, the Buckhead Ridge Community Association had 52 people at its July 26 potluck supper meeting. Treasurer Sandy Attaway, who had been on sick leave, returned to her position, reminding us that this is the end of her six-year term. She will still be around each month with her joyous humor.

Following our invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, Glades County Sheriff’s Deputy Stacy Murphy gave the July incident report. There were 69 mostly minor calls, with a few more serious — two medical emergencies, one theft, one arrest, two criminal mischief and two illegal dumping calls. The gathering voted to donate $500 to the Glades County Back-to-School Program.

County Commissioner Tim Stanley reported on many community concerns, including a proposed three-story hotel with a restaurant and storefronts to be built in Moore Haven on U.S. 27. He said that a meeting open to the public, concerning the reservoir that is to be situated opposite Buckhead Ridge along State Road 78, will take place Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at Indian River State College to consider the latest proposals.

Mr. Stanley further asked for a yes/no show of hands on who wants sewer lines in Buckhead Ridge. While the majority present said “no,” Commissioner Stanley said that it is eventually going to be mandatory, but probably not for a long while. He noted that the proposed development south of Buckhead will have to have sewer lines.

In speaking of garbage and trash collections in Buckhead Ridge, he said that in ongoing talks with Waste Management, he learned that if the whole community went with one hauler, we might be able to see bills at half the current rate.

New hires for the county were announced: Sue Buchann heads planning and zoning, and Jamie Wright is the new animal control officer. The county has interviewed four people for county manager, a post that became vacant after Paul Carlisle retired and the interim manager, Joe Helfenberger, who served for just weeks, left. Jennifer James-Mesloh has been selected, but there are still legal steps that must be completed. They will also interview for a new code enforcement officer; the Moore Haven city code officer is helping in this position until a new person is hired.

Mr. Stanley said those needing transportation for medical or prescription needs in Buckhead Ridge had been told to call Good Wheels Transportation, which helps the disabled and disadvantaged. It has been found that when they call for help and give their Buckhead address, the help is refused as Buckhead addresses show “Okeechobee.” That has now been corrected. If this service can help you, call 239-768-2900 or toll-free 800-741-1570.

In other community news, sidewalks for Buckhead Ridge have been pushed back until 2022, and the money for the new playground is still available, awaiting plans. Due to the possibility of identity theft, which might cause a problem with voting rolls, be assured there will be provisional ballots available on voting day.

Following the commissioner’s report, the Association was treated to a talk on Buckhead history and development when 94-year-old Katherine Worth told about the old wooden bridge at the entrance. She also told how those laying out the area by boat saw trees that looked like a deer’s head so they decided to call it Buckhead Ridge. As a child, she had gone with her grandfather to vote and saw him actually pay a $1 poll tax before he could vote.

Next month’s meeting will be one week early, on Aug. 23, at which time candidates will be available to speak and answer questions at the annual Political Rally. A potluck dinner at 6 p.m. will precede the rally. Come get involved in YOUR community.

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