Here are highlights of the September 21 Apopka City Council meeting agenda

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Among the agenda items scheduled for discussion at the Apopka City Council’s Wednesday, September 21, meeting will be the approval of an Orlando engineering firm to prepare legal descriptions and parcel sketches of Ocoee Apopka Road and Harmon Road, a beginning step in getting the city’s plan for a roundabout constructed there off the ground.

The work will be done for $11,800, which will be funded by the city’s Transportation Impact Fee Funds, according to information found in the City Council’s meeting agenda packet.

Getting such documents prepared will enable the city to acquire rights-of-way from the Central Florida Expressway along Ocoee Apopka Road and Harmon Road. The roundabout project can’t move forward without the city doing this first.

If the City Council grants approval, this means they will direct City Administrator Glenn Irby to enter into an agreement with Dewberry Engineers to create the legal descriptions and parcel sketches.

The Central Florida Expressway Authority owns some rights-of-way along both roads, for which the Authority got from Orange County government for the intent of building overpasses and retention ponds needed for the expressways.

Dewberry Engineering had assisted Central Florida Expressway with providing legal descriptions and parcel sketches when they acquired the same rights-of-way from Orange County. The city figured it could save money by contracting with Dewberry to do the same for this project.

According to the meeting agenda packet, Florida Hospital Apopka, which is constructing a new campus at Ocoee Apopka Road and Harmon Road, would donate a property at that intersection to the city necessary for the roundabout project.

The City Council convenes at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 120 E. Main St., Apopka.

City Hall roof replacement
Another agenda item up for approval at the City Council meeting is the contracting of Garland/DBS Inc. to replace Apopka City Hall’s existing roof and skylights.

The project will cost $202,519 including the new roof with a 30-year no-dollar-limit warranty, and the removal and installation of three new skylights with aluminum frame.

The City Hall roof was last designed in 1987. Though several temporary repairs fixed the roof and skylight leaks, those repairs became problems of their own by obstructing drains that led to ponding and reactions between incompatible repair roofs.

The City Hall roof has come to the end of its life span, according to information in the City Council agenda packet, since the life of a flat roof in Florida ranges between 10 and 35 years, and skylights about 25 years.

Garland/DBS will provide material, labor and project management.

The city of Apopka contacted Garland/DBS through the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, of which the city is a registered participant.

Learn what happens at the September 21 Apopka City Council meeting in the September 23 issue of The Apopka Chief