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Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

04.09.07 -- April Town Council Meeting

Town Council Meeting
April 12, 2007
Civic Center 7:00 P.M.

Anyone wishing to place a subject on the agenda may do so up to 72 hours before the meeting by notifying the Town Office.

I) Call to Order, Lord’s Prayer, and Pledge to the American Flag

II) Roll Call

III) Consent Agenda:
All matters listed within the Consent Agenda have been distributed to each member of the McIntosh Town Council for reading and study, are considered to be routine, and will be enacted by one motion of the Council with no separate discussion. If separate discussion is desired, that item may be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda by request. Please call 591-1047 for questions on Consent Agenda items prior to the Council meeting.
1) Minutes of the Town Council Meeting of March 8, 2007 and Emergency Meeting April 2, 2007
2) Financial Report for March 2007
3) Code Enforcement Board Appointment Resolution

IV) Guests:
A) Richard Powell, Powell & Jones, CPA – Audit Report September 30, 2006
B) Homeowner Lalla Gallagher – Park Maintenance and Speed Control

V) Citizen Board Committee Updates:
A) Code Enforcement Board
B) Land Planning Agency/Board of Adjustment

VI) Message from the Clerk:
A) Part Time Summer Maintenance Help – Applications
B) Wachovia Bank – Bank fees/interest income
C) McIntosh Area School – Letter regarding lease

VII) Message from the Mayor:

VIII) Message from the Attorney:
A) Debby Olliver – Town/Owner Property Line Agreement
B) Payment Request – Marion County Interlocal Agreement

IX) Old Business:
A) Town Office Lease

X) New Business:
A) Traffic Speed Control Measures
B) Complaint Forms – Reference Code Violations

XI) Message from the Council:

XII) Citizen’s Comments:

Meeting Adjourned

***Notice to Board Meeting Attendees: As a courtesy to others, please ensure pager and cell phones are turned off during meeting***

Welcome to the Town of McIntosh Town Council meeting. All persons wishing to address the Town Council will be asked to limit their comments to the specific subject being addressed. However, in order to foster mutual respect between the Town Council and the public, it is requested that comments are directed at specific issues rather than personal comments directed toward Board members or staff.

Please note that if a person desires to appeal any decision made to any matter considered at the above meeting, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding be made, which record includes the testimony and evidence which the appeal is to be based.

posted by Cher @ 4:34 PM,


At   April 17, 2007 10:01 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

i wonder if howard should straighten out the flag lot he created, when he helped with his brotherss lot. im sure he should have to put right other real estate matters prior to being granted new zoning. but hey that is just me.

At   April 18, 2007 1:13 AM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

I'm not sure what this means.

He and Marsha have to pass one more public hearing before they clear McIntosh.

At   April 18, 2007 9:12 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

cher, how do you trust a man who did not follow his town ordinancess, using his position to creat a flag lot when he divided the lot his brother lives on... ordanacnce says no one can creat a flag lot... if howard cant be trusted to properly devide a single lot how can he be trusted to devide nine acresss............"?????????????

At   April 18, 2007 9:16 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

hey good point,,,,,,,and there seems to be some question about a tractor howard bought at the same time the town bought the last tractor from the same dealer. oh, the question,, why didnt howard pay the sales taxes anndddddddddd why didnt the town get the multiple unit purchase price??????? maybe some thought should be given to some one who doesnt respect the rules unless they benefit him.

At   April 18, 2007 9:20 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

oh while im at it,,,,,,,,,those are two of 122 ethicss violations howard was charge ,,,,,,,,,a matter of public record. florida ethics commission... oh, howard did pleade guilty to 21 of those offensives..........check it out...........more to come

At   April 19, 2007 9:00 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

You know, last time I looked, I wasn't in charge of Howard. Trust him or distrust him, that's all on you.

What's a flag lot? Believe it or not, several of us don't know.

FYI - I am working on a wrapping up a pretty big project for school. I'm keeping an eye out on things, but I'll catch up some postings when I wrap up this project.

At   April 19, 2007 11:54 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

at the time the decission was made, that all building lots would be 1/2 acres, there existed lots less than 1/2 acres. these were discribed as flag lots and were afforded building rights. but our ordanance states that no flag lot can be created. when howard helped his brother the revvv walkup, he divided a portioon of said lot such that a flag lot was created,,,,,,,,,thus creating value where there was none. the very least howard should do is request a variance to correct the situation.

At   April 21, 2007 1:42 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

This has become a character
assassination site. How can
you in good faith allow this
to happen. I could name the hand
full of trouble makers in town
that are writing these lies, but
that would make me no better than
them! PLEASE do something to
correct this problem.

At   April 21, 2007 2:22 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

I have no problem looking into something if you think there is a problem with the blog.

When you don't sign your name and you declare that the blog impugns characters without stating specific examples for why you believe this and why you believe "troublemakers" are "lying," you are actually doing the same thing as those you are accusing.

Most people who read the blog and post in the forums know that signing your name gives your comments more credibility. I'm not going to force people to sign off on their comments.

Why? Because there are people in this town who won't comment or speak out against some issues and decisions due to fear of being ostracized by their neighbors. I've heard this several times in deep background discussions regarding the current rezoning of public officials' lands. Frankly, it is my opinion that that is just sad and amounts to people in control beating down those who don't agree with them.

The discussion in this thread -- when it's coherent -- centers around public figures. People have a right to talk about the actions of elected officials. In a free democracy, it's actually necessary.

In addition, comments made in the forums are opinion. People have rights to their opinions, especially about their public officials. Whether I disagree or agree with their opinions, I will not shut that process down. I'm sorry that you disagree with that.

When I post reports and editorials on blog, I go to lengths to make sure I can document, support or stand by my reporting. That, I can do.

But I don't want to control what other people say. I can't, "in good faith" as you say, stop people from expressing their opinions.

I'll be getting the rest of the meeting files up this week, as I finish my school project and have time. Again, sorry for any delays.

At   April 27, 2007 3:51 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Cher Anonymous said Howard created a flag lot which means they do not know what a flag lot is.A FLAG LOT IS A LOT WITHOUT STREET FRONTAGE.
Also the other anonymous said he bought a tractor same time the Town did- that is not true and You can check this out very easy, and the 122 violation not true. These Anonymous are talking through an empty head.

At   April 27, 2007 4:20 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

See, that wasn't so hard.

Specific, informative comments by someone who signed her name... see how much more credible those comments?


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