Apopka City Council Meeting Preview

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom If social media comments are any indication we can expect the discussion about Resolution 2016-16 to perhaps be the most interesting topic on the Agenda for Wednesday night’s City Council Meeting.  The draft resolution, if adopted, will establish;  “A Public Participation Policy & Procedures for Addressing the City Council.”  More about this item can be found here.Here are some other interesting items on tomorrow’s Apopka City Council Meeting agenda:PresentationsBy now everyone should be aware of Christian Lamphere’s 9/11 Memorial Eagle Scout Project.  An artist’s conception of the Memorial will be discussed. And a check will be presented by Copart to Christian Lamphere for the 9/11 Memorial Project. These two items will be followed by an announcement about the UCF Colleges of Medicine Free Clinic.May Disbursement ReportThe first of seven items on the “Consent Agenda” is approval of a 37-page report that lists 497 checks that were issued by the City in May 2016.  These payments total $3,022,382.The “Consent Agenda” is a meeting practice which packages routine and non-controversial items not requiring discussion and/or separate approval as one agenda item.  However, any member of the Council can request that any item on the Consent Agenda be “pulled,” and discussed separately.Vehicle for Hire permit – UberThe 2nd item on the Consent Agenda is the issuance of a Vehicle for Hire permit to an Uber driver.Three Service Weapon RetirementsAnother Consent Agenda item.  The Police Department is requesting authorization to present service weapons to retiring members of the Police Department to recognize the members’ credited service to the City of Apopka and its citizens.Canine Handler Officer Paul Rehn served Apopka for 19 yearsSchool Resource Officer Jamie Anderson served Apopka for 19 yearsSergeant Robert Mark served Apopka for 12 yearsApprove the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages on the 4th of July at the Northwest Recreation ComplexAnother Consent Agenda Item.   Fireworks at the Amphitheater is a City sponsored event held at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Apopka Ordinance No. 2376 requires City Council approvalfor the sale, consumption and carrying of alcoholic beverages on City-owned property during events or programs.Purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer – $39,613Item #6 on the Consent Agenda will authorize the purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer for the Public Services Department. Staff proposes to spend $39,613.00.  This price is based upon using a 2015 Florida Sheriffs Association Contract. “Piggybacking” on the the Florida Sheriffs Association contract will expedite this purchase and allow the Public Services Department to implement the NPDES Stormwater requirements in a timely manner.Award Website Design Contract – $34,186 plus $6,031 per yearEight companies submitted proposals. An evaluation committee of five city staff reviewed and ranked each proposal. The evaluation committee recommends CivicPlus.   The first year cost is $34,186. Annual website hosting, security and management is $6,031 beginning in year 2.Non-Profits to be Required to Apply for Business Tax ReceiptsApopka Code requires tax-exempt organizations to apply for but not pay business taxes.  The Green Sheet indicates that many non-profts have not applied.  The Business Tax Receipt Applications are used by the City to ensure that buildings used by non-profits are in compliance with building, zoning and fire codes.  It is estimated that 150 non-profits will be asked to apply.Use this link to see the details on these issues and to review the entire meeting package.The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall. Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka City Council Meeting Previous articleCity Council Considers Restrictions on Public CommentsNext articleIs it Possible to Buy a Good Grill for $300 or Less? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Energization of the ring current by substorms

first_imgThe substorm process releases large amounts of energy into the magnetospheric system, although where the energy is transferred to and how it is partitioned remains an open question. In this study, we address whether the substorm process contributes a significant amount of energy to the ring current. The ring current is a highly variable region, and understanding the energization processes provides valuable insight into how substorm-ring current coupling may contribute to the generation of storm conditions and provide a source of energy for wave driving. In order to quantify the energy input into the ring current during the substorm process, we analyze Radiation Belt Storm Probes Ion Composition Experiment and Helium Oxygen Proton Electron ion flux measurements for H+, O+, and He+. The energy content of the ring current is estimated and binned spatially for L and magnetic local time. The results are combined with an independently derived substorm event list to perform a statistical analysis of variations in the ring current energy content with substorm phase. We show that the ring current energy is significantly higher in the expansion phase compared to the growth phase, with the energy enhancement persisting into the substorm recovery phase. The characteristics of the energy enhancement suggest the injection of energized ions from the tail plasma sheet following substorm onset. The local time variations indicate a loss of energetic H+ ions in the afternoon sector, likely due to wave-particle interactions. Overall, we find that the average energy input into the ring current is similar to 9% of the previously reported energy released during substorms. Plain Language Summary The Earth’s near-space environment is populated by energetic charged particles, whose motion is largely controlled by the global geomagnetic field. This region, known as the magnetosphere, is highly dynamic and variable, strongly coupled to the solar wind (a continuous stream of charged particles outflowing from the Sun). At times, the Earth’s magnetic field can become highly distorted and release a large amount of energy into the magnetospheric system. This process is termed a substorm, and the release of energy has significant consequences for the structure of the region and the characteristics of the plasma within it. The amount of energy that is transferred to the magnetospheric particle population remains to be fully understood. In this study, we use spacecraft measurements of highly energetic particles observed by the Van Allen Probes between 2012 and 2017. Using a statistical approach, we quantify the magnitude of the energy input into the particle population due to a typical substorm. Furthermore, we investigate the location of the energy enhancements, providing an insight into how energy is transported throughout the magnetospheric system.last_img read more

Indiana DNR asking for help conducting turkey survey

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Indiana DNR asking for help conducting turkey survey Google+ (“Wild Turkey” by David Slater, CC BY 2.0) The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is trying to learn more about the turkey population across the state and they could use your help.They are asking volunteers to conduct brood surveys from July 1 through August 31. Those surveys count the number of young wild turkeys observed with turkey hens to estimate how many young turkeys live through the summer. Summer brood survival is one of the primary factors that play a role in the turkey population.A brood is a family of young animals, especially of a bird, produced at one hatching or birth.The Department would like to collect 3,000 brood observation reports across the state with a goal of at least 25 observations per county. Biologists are especially interested in obtaining more observations in the southeastern part of Indiana.“Some of the better turkey habitats in the state exists in southeastern Indiana,” said Steve Backs, DNR’s wild turkey biologist. “Turkey populations appear to have declined in recent years. Above-normal precipitation in June to early July can reduce poult (young turkey) survival and overall population levels. Unfortunately, the low number of brood reports from the southeast prevents us from further exploring the apparent population decline.”If you are interested in helping out, you can register at on.IN.gov/turkeybrood. Instructions for the survey can be found on that website.You can also go to on.IN.gov/turkey for more information about wild turkey biology and management. Facebook By Network Indiana – July 1, 2020 0 398 Twitter Google+ Previous articleReminder: BMV late fees to resume on WednesdayNext articleBan on drivers using handheld phones begins Wednesday in Indiana Network Indianalast_img read more