Grant funds awarded for park in Moore Haven

Moore Haven City Council members were on Cloud 9 at the Aug. 2 meeting when Morgan Tyrone from Highlands Hammock Park presented them with a check for $100,000 from the Parks and Recreational Division of the Department of Environmental Protection Competitive Grant competition. Mr. Morgan congratulated them on the city’s Marina Park project on First Street that will include a picnic area and playground. Mr. Morgan said he toured the marina area and complimented the city council on their plan and progress.

The city has vacated Ramey Road preparing for the future low-income housing development that will be constructed by GHD Construction out of Dade City headed by Brian Smith, contractor. Mayor Brett Whidden was relieved to learn that the project will provide a separate agreement regarding their own sewer system thereby relieving the city of additional problems, such as connection fees and charges. He was, however, disturbed that there had been no communication from the engineers and builders for nearly a year.

“The written agreement is now in place,” said Mayor Whidden.
Council member Pat Lucas asked city council members to vote to send a letter to the developers requesting that they attend a council meeting when possible.

A representative from Moore Haven Yacht Club was denied a request to attach security cameras to city light poles. Council members refused, saying that it would be illegal to hook up to anything owned by the city. Street lights are government; security lights and cameras are private properties, said city attorney Steve Ramunni.

Public Works director Jeri Lynn Schuster said that the racquetball court fences and the lift station fences have been repaired.

Council members agreed to begin plans for the new boat dock fees, sizes of boats permitted to tie up to the city dock, and length of days for boaters to stay at docks and/or slips. Signs will be necessary when the plans are completed.

Mayor Hidden said that the Corps of Engineers is planning to build a playground and dredge the canal down at the former Ran LaMaster RV Campground on the Rim Canal. Currently the corps is removing all the old equipment from the site.

Salary increases were lightly discussed but no decisions or motions were made. This subject will be continued at the next city council meeting on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

All council members were reminded that there will be a political rally at the Doyle Conner Building on Aug. 16.

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