Meeting presentations, accolades and rulings
The most recent Plant City City Commission meeting was held on Monday. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
Judy Wise of the Plant City Elks Lodge #1727 presented the new POW-MIA flag before the City Commission for the town.
“About four weeks ago I drove by our veterans park and saw the American flag, which always makes me feel good,” said Wise, “but I noticed that we did not have a POW-MIA flag. That’s a near and dear subject to all veterans.”
She reached out to City Manager Bill McDaniel to co-sign the implementation of the flag at the Veterans Memorial Monument Park and he gave his blessing.
At Monday’s meeting, she displayed the full-sized flag that will be flown at the Plant City park. The flag was officially raised at the park on Wednesday.
The POW-MIA flag was conceptualized in 1971 by Mary Helen Hoff. It was to commemorate veterans, including her husband Lt. Cmdr. Michael G. Hoff who was listed as ‘missing in action’ after his plane crashed in 1970 during the Vietnam War.
On Oct. 27, Plant City was recognized for its good deeds during the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission’s 39th Annual Planning & Design Awards.
It was for establishing the Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center. During the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017, Plant City’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, suffered damage that was deemed to be beyond repair.
As a result, the Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center was built in its place.
Jack Holland, director of the Plant City Parks and Recreation Department, and his staff, played a pivotal role in constructing the new community center.
They were present at Monday’s meeting and were commended by the City Commission.
“Thanks to all of you for your hard work,” said Plant City Mayor Rick Lott. “It’s really nice to see the community respond to it as well. The activities are always full in attendance. We’re very proud.”
A package of four resolutions were passed by the City Commission by 4-0.
1. The renewal of a software system for the police and fire departments’ Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) and the Records Management System (RMS).
2. The replacement of a well pump and motor at one of the town’s water treatment plants.
3. The purchase of new laptops for the police department vehicles allowing for certain conveniences such as tele-conferencing.
4. Replacing a temporary easement, or real estate ownership right, with a permanent one on Plant City property.
Legislative Public Hearings
There was a legislative public hearing on an ordinance to annex approximately 64 acres of land at Sam Astin Road and Trapnell Road. And to annex less than one acre of land on Son Keen Road.
It passed by 4-0.
And there was the first of two hearings on an ordinance to rezone over 362 acres of land located at 775 E. Knights Griffin Rd.
No action will be taken until the Nov. 22 commission meeting.