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News Cast for September 19th:

As of Monday, FP&L reports that 70 county residents which includes 30 within the city are without power. Over 19,000 have been restored since the Hurricane hit.

Okeechobee City Council held their regular meeting on September 5th and along with Hurricane planning, was the first public hearing for the 2017-2018 city budget.

Some notes on the proposed budget:

  • General Fund revenues increased by 5.37%
  • General Fund expenditures increased by 3.13%

Items included in the budget:

  • Millage Rate of 7.9932 implemented with General Fund (same rate continued from 2016-2017)
  • Continued Step Plan for full and part time employees
  • COLA provided to employees at 2%
  • Amended Health Insurance benefit
  • Added medical clinic for employees
  • Added $2500 of Raulerson/Chandler Log Cabin Project
  • Continued specific report for Shared Services Council and Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce (Economic Development)

Specific Projects:

  • Continued replacement of trees in Flagler Parks
  • Centennial Park – Irrigation, landscaping, equipment, etc
  • Replacement plants for medians
  • SE 3rd Avenue/SE 6th Street SCOP Project
  • FDEP-TMDL Grants/ Project for Taylor Creek
  • Storm water drainage project – SFWM Grant
  • SE 8th Avenue Project – Appropriation Grant
  • Asphalt Overlay/Replacement project
  • Continued Sidewalk extension projects

Other significant budgeted capital items:

  • Replacement Police Vehicles
  • Add ½ Ton Fire Chief Truck and replacement of Code Enforcement Vehicle
  • Add zero turn mowers
  • Replacement roof for Police Station
  • HID Security Lock System at Police Station
  • Video Recording System
  • Additional handheld emergency radios
  • Bunker Gear rotation and replacement with bottles

Final Public hearing is tonight at 6pm in Council Chamber at City Hall

On the arrest reports today:

Rhonda Naugle of Lutz, Florida  was arrested on a Pasco County warrant for 4 counts of failure to appear for felony offense. Bond was set at $21,052 per warrant

Darrell Brown was arrested on a Tennessee felony warrant out of Blount County. Brown was transported to Okeechobee County Jail and will be held until extradited as a fugitive from justice.

Rusty Trammel of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of marijuana over 20 grams, driving with a suspended license and possession or use of drug paraphernalia after he was stopped on a traffic violation of speeding.

Charles Spiva was arrested for unarmed burglary and battery touch or strike, bond was set at $12,000

Joshua Thomas was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/firearm and domestic battery by strangulation

 Okeechobee Events 9-16-17

Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!

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Chobee Volleyball Academy will be holding registration for Recreational (NON travel) Volleyball THIS week. This league is ALL local and super fun! Everyone makes a team and all abilities are welcome. Practices are 1-2 times per week with games on most Saturdays at Osceola Middle School. The cost is $80 total and the season is Sept 9 through October 28th. Find the link to register on our Facebook page and come to the draft on Tuesday 8/15 for ages 12 and under and Thursday 8/17 for ages 13 and up from 6-8pm.

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The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)