Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 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 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Previous articleApopka comes together to support law enforcementNext articleBlack Lives Matter Marches peacefully in Sanford Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Apopka City Council will be reviewing a $102 Million proposed budget during four workshops scheduled over the next two weeks.The proposed 2016-2017 (Fiscal Year 2017) budget represents an increase of $12.5 Million or 13.9 percent over the FY 2016 budget.Major expenditures include:A new fire station, including equipment and personnel ($1.3 Million)Construction of a second communication tower for dispatch ($2.8 Million)Increased debt service ($600,000)Downtown improvements ($2 Million)Construction of a skate park ($750,000) and a splash pad ($200,000)Continued construction at the Sewer Treatment Plant ($16 Million)The proposed budget includes 18 new personnel positions.12 firefighters to staff the new fire station2 Fleet Mechanics1 HR specialist to replace the Payroll Specialist that was transferred to Finance2 Dispatchers to reduce the overtime in the Communications Center1 City EngineerThe proposed budget lists several “Budget Priorities,” including:Fire Station and furnishingsFourteen new vehicles, including eight police vehiclesFire EngineAmbulance & Power Load StretcherAsphalt truck & Skid Steer Milling MachineStormwater drainage upgradesNew sidewalksWater, reclaimed water and wastewater line upgradesSewer Treatment project – Phase IIStreet resurfacingTwo automated side-loader garbage trucksAt this point the proposed budget does not propose an increase in property tax rates. It does propose to use $2.6 Million of unrestricted reserves to keep the budget in balance.You can use this link to download the entire 753-page FY 2017 Apopka Budget Book for Workshops or this link to read the seven-page Apopka FY 2017 Proposed Budget Overview.The proposed budget will be discussed by the City Council and City Staff during the budget workshops. If history is any guide there will be many changes before the Council receives public comment next week.The first two Budget Workshops are scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Dr. Bruce Aylward, Special Representative on Ebola Response for the World Health Organization (WHO), made those remarks at a press conference in Geneva, following his return from the “hot spots” of the epidemic in Guinea and Sierra Leone.He said that despite the “ferocious rainy season” in West Africa, the number of Ebola cases has remained in the single digits for six consecutive weeks in Guinea and Sierra Leone. In addition, there are only three active chains of transmission in those countries, a development he described as a “major milestone in all three countries [Liberia being the third] in the march towards zero” cases.“Our goal is zero transmission in the human population and that remains very possible within 2015,” he said.The senior WHO official said that the focus of the current Ebola response was what he called Phase 3 aimed at ensuring that the residual risks are managed and guarding against the re-emergence of the disease, which has claimed more than 11,000 lives, mostly in West Africa.Dr. Aylward described the remaining challenges as residual risk surveillance, sustaining rapid response teams, and survivor engagement and care, which includes the risks of transmission through semen by male survivors of Ebola.Testing for the status of semen is underway, he said, but other precautions are also being looked into such as the vaccination of sexual partners or family members to reduce the risk if someone tests positive.“This virus has a very nasty sting in its tail,” he said.Separately, WHO released guidance on the care of pregnant women with Ebola. The agency said that there is no evidence to show that women who survive Ebola and subsequently become pregnant pose a risk for Ebola virus transmission. However, pregnant women with active Ebola, pregnant women who survive the disease with an ongoing pregnancy and pregnant women who are contacts of confirmed Ebola cases pose a potential risk.WHO’s latest weekly update on Ebola showed there were 2 confirmed cases of the disease reported in the week to 6 September: 1 in Guinea and 1 in Sierra Leone.