How should Orange County handle post-hurricane storm debris pickup in gated…

first_img Please enter your name here TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonOrange County Government Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleQuest Training Center in Apopka quietly enhancing the lives of the developmentally disabled Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonDuring last week’s Board meeting, Orange County Public Works Director Mark Massaro presented the Board with a presentation on storm debris removal in gated communities. Back in December of last year, two work sessions were presented to the Board relative to Hurricane Irma, specifically in regard to debris removal and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s policy on reimbursements for debris pickup on private property. By picking up debris on private roads in gated communities, such actions jeopardize the possibilities for reimbursement from FEMA to these communities and the entire County. Following the discussions that took place at these work sessions, staff had been asked to summarize how debris removal in gated communities could be addressed. Thus, the purpose of last week’s presentation was to give the Board options for addressing debris removal in gated communities and which would be best for Orange County residents.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonAt the end of the work sessions, four questions that Public Works staff took note of were: “Should anything be done or “undone” to provide for a uniform level of service between gated and non-gated communities?”; “Are all gated communities approved under the current ordinance complying with storm debris removal requirements for establishment and maintenance of an HOA account for storm debris removal?”; “How do we address older gated communities that are not subject to the storm debris removal account requirement?”; and “How do we address newer gated communities that are not complying with the storm debris removal account requirement?” For Orange County gated communities, there are: A total of 270 subdivisions/communities (consisting of 345 plats); 300 miles of private roads behind the communities; 16,170 acres that are not all developable; 28,189 parcels; and an estimated population of 60,000 to 65,000 residents (approximately 5% of the total County population). Out of all the Orange County Districts, Districts 1 and 4 have the greatest amounts of plats.Prior to 2009, storm debris removal accounts were not required for gated communities, where 170 communities did not have an account. In February 2009, the storm debris removal account requirement was codified (Section 34-291(a)(5), O.C. Code). Under this new requirement, since 2009, 100 gated communities do not have an account. In addition, according to Section 34-291(c)(5), after 5 years, a fully funded storm debris removal account is supposed to equal $500 per developable acre in a platted subdivision, plus the annual construction cost index.In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 125 storm-related calls were made to Orange County’s 311 line from 54 gated communities. Public Works teams arranged field visits with HOA representatives and estimated approximately 32,000 cu/yds. of storm debris (3.5% of Countywide storm debris total). The options offered to the gated communities seeking assistance were to: Bundle up the debris and put it on their curb for waste management collection, placing a dumpster containing the debris for collection by the County contractor, a letter from the County approving the community’s hired contractor to dispose of their debris at an approved Citizen Debris Site, and for the County and community’s contractor to coordinate the debris removal once it was brought outside of the gated area. Of the 54 communities that called, the County assisted 18 of 270 (6.7%) gated communities with debris removal 93.3% of gated communities in Orange County removed their storm debris themselves; Public Works staff attributes this number to the fact that these communities saw this as a time sensitive issue and could not wait for the County’s assistance.The estimated cost to remove storm debris from public rights-of-way was $20 million; given that Hurricane Irma was a Category 1 storm by the time it had hit Orange County, staff did note during their presentation that a Category 2 or greater storm would likely have been more costly. 2,700 miles of the public roads are maintained by the County, with an estimated cost per mile for storm debris removal being at $7,400. Given that there are 300 miles of private roads within gated communities and had the County elected to remove the debris from behind the gates, the estimated cost to remove storm debris from these private roads would have been approximately $2.2 million (300 x $7,400=$2.2 million). The process to clean up the County roadways took 90 days.Public Works staff developed three options for the Board’s consideration on how to best handle storm debris removal in gated communities. Option 1 proposes maintaining the status quo in continuing with the storm debris removal process followed after Hurricanes Charley and Irma. As previously mentioned, this option proposes that staff respond to storm debris removal inquiries from gated communities (Homeowner’s Associations (HOA’s) or management companies), meet with the HOA’s to discuss removal methods, and facilitate with the HOA’s chosen method(s).Option 2 proposes the County’s establishment of a Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU)(s). The utilization of this option in the future would require certain prerequisites to be met: Amending the gated community ordinance; sending ballots to gated community residents and the HOA to gauge interest in this option; those communities expressing sufficient interest in the MSBU process would be required to execute a hold harmless and indemnification and right-of-entry agreement as well as amend the Covenants Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) prior to adopting this option. Amending the gated community ordinance would involve creating an MSBU option for storm debris removal and addressing whether such an option would be limited to pre-2009 gated communities. If this option were to apply to all gated communities, the County would need to remove the storm-debris removal account requirement for post-February 2009 gated communities participating in the MSBU option and authorize the return of storm debris funds to the HOA. The scope of the MSBU options was: Countywide limited to pre-2009 gated communities or geared to specific communities. Some concerns raised by staff regarding this option were whether gated communities would have priority over non-gated communities; whether storm debris would be removed on the County’s schedule; and whether this method would be eligible for FEMA reimbursement. This process would take several years to complete and implement.The third option proposes establishing a program that authorizes the removal of storm debris from all gated communities (including pre-Feb 2009 and post-2009). This options also has several prerequisites that need to be satisfied if selected: The Board would need to amend the gated community ordinance; right-of-entry and hold harmless and indemnification agreements would need to be executed with HOAs; CC&Rs would need to be amended by the HOA’s; a public interest determination would need to be made by the County for each storm event to allow public funds to be used for private purposes; and the declaration of a local state of emergency finding of an immediate threat to life, public health or safety or economic recovery of the community at-large would have to be issued. Concerns raised for this option where that gates would need to remain open during a period of immediate threat; gated communities would not have priority over non-gated communities; storm debris would be removed on the County’s schedule, and it is questionable as to whether this method would be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA.At the end of the presentation, given the complexity and time involved with implementing Options 2 and 3, staff recommended continuing with the current process, with an improvement in outreach efforts to the HOAs to help educate them on this option and the process it involves prior to a storm event. The Board agreed and concurred with this recommendation, and strongly believed that increased outreach efforts would help increase the number of gated communities who utilize the County’s assistance in removing their debris.Residents who wish to view the full presentation from the Board meeting may do so here: http://netapps.ocfl.net/Mod/meetings/1. 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Motorola sends staff out to sea for team skills

first_imgCommunications company Motorola has found that team-building is mosteffective when its brightest workers are all at sea. Under the Leadership Learning Partnership programme, up to 50 Motorola staffwill take to the waves each year with skipper Conrad Humphreys, winner of the2000-2001 BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, to learn skills thatthey can bring to the meeting table back on dry land. A dozen members of staff, identified as having leadership potential, butwithout any previous yachting experience, recently joined Humphreys for theRound the Island [of Wight] race to enhance their communication and teamskills. Following a day learning how to sail, the team spent the evening talkingtactics before spending the night on board, and joined one thousand yachts thenext day for the race. Humphreys said the pressures and challenges faced aboard a yacht could bedirectly translated into a business environment. “In a race you have sub-groups who all have to back each otherup,” he said. “It’s all about speed and communication. If one personisn’t performing, then you are out of the race.” Vanessa Loughlin, head of the office of leadership at Motorola, said theevent had been such a success that the company plans to extend the scheme withan inter-sector Motorola regatta in the future. Weblinks www.motorola.comwww.conradhumphreys.com Related posts:No related photos. Motorola sends staff out to sea for team skillsOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Gold Coast apartments contributing to the average Australian home’s reduced size

first_imgAbout 27 per cent of new homes being built eight years ago were apartments but now they account for 46 per cent.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the ageing population was also driving demand for apartments on the Coast.As apartment buildings skyrocketed in the city’s heart, Mr Henderson said many older homes in surrounding areas were being demolished so the blocks could be subdivided.“People want convenience and location,” he said.“(They want) to be close to shopping and transport.”Mr Henderson said homeowners no longer had the time to maintain a back yard or large house so living in an apartment was more practical. MORE: Why I live in Broadbeach Waters The average Australian home is now the smallest it’s been since 1996.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“You will get plenty of people now that don’t want to mow their back yard anymore,” he said.“Someone else looks after all the common areas (of an apartment building).”While houses across the country are 8 per cent bigger than those built 20 years ago, a surge in the number of apartments being built has reduced the average size of dwellings.MORE: Buy now if you want to move in by Christmas According to the ABS data, the average apartment used to be 140sq m but was now closer to 125sq m.Further, about 27 per cent of new homes being built eight years ago were apartments whereas they now accounted for about 46 per cent.Gold Coast couple Michael and Vickie Ryan recently bought an apartment in The Rayjon Group’s 15-level Vantage development at Benowa, which they said was central and more convenient than a house.center_img The rise of apartments on the Gold Coast is contributing to the average Aussie home’s reduced size.THE rise of apartments on the Gold Coast is dragging down the average size of the Australian home.New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the average new home built in the past financial year was 186.3sq m, down 1.6 per cent from the previous year.It marked a 22-year low, making the average residence the smallest it has been since 1996.Craig James, chief economist at CommSec who commissioned the data, said the reduced size reflected the increase in apartments across the country, with more than half of new buildings in that category.“Generation Y, Millennials, couples and small families want to live closer to work, cafes, restaurants, shopping and airports, and are giving up living space for better proximity to the desirable amenities,” he said. Michael and Vickie Ryan have recently bought a property in the $200 million master planned Vantage community at Benowa.“We raised our family in the country before moving to the Coast,” Mrs Ryan said.“This location – close to shops, restaurants and all the services we need – offers the best of both worlds,” Mrs Ryan said.“We have plenty of room for family, so many friends nearby and everything we need is on our doorstep. There is no need to move.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47last_img read more

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AshantiGold preparing for Yakubu exit

first_imgAshantiGold are hopeful of maintaining their impressive start to the league campaign despite the imminent departure of striker Yakubu Mohammed.The Miners after a slow start have jumped to second on the six-week old Glo Premier League standing following three consecutive wins after drawing their opening three matches.Head coach Yaw Acheampong, who led the side to finish second last season is hopeful of sustaining their good run.But the Miners are dreading the pending transfer of star striker Yakubu outside the country.“We are doing well. The only problem we have is Yakubu [Mohammed],” said Acheampong as he discussed the possible transfer of his striker.“We are hoping to have him for the entire first round of the league before he leaves. But we are preparing the team so that we wont feel his absence,” the AshantiGold coach said. Yakubu Mohammed has scored four goals so far in six outings for AshantiGold.last_img read more

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