Public Forum (Thursday, April 8, 2010)

The Terrace Hotel
329 E. Main Street, Lakeland, FL

Ted Hull, Chair called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM. 

Council Members Present:  Ted Hull, Henry Alexander, Rufus Brown, Sheryl Brown, Ben Grzesik, Paul Kaminsky, Robert Kelly, Dwight Sayer, Bruce Miles, Joe Minichiello, Jay Naiman, Dan O’Connor, Sue Townsend and Joyce Hildreth.  Howard Bell represented CAP.

Council Staff: Phyllis Dill

DBS Staff: Antionette Williams, Wayne Jennings, Mary Ellen Ottman,

DBS District Staff: Tony Ames, District Administrator, Geraldine Kressin, Supervisor, Kristine Hires, VRC, Marc Grosskopf, VRC, Rob Risavy, IL, John Reynolds, Supervisor Tampa and Jeff Whitehead, Supervisor St. Pete.

There were 22 consumers present.

Ted asked Sheryl Brown to facilitate and provide the microphone to consumers when needed.

Consumer issues, concerns and comments:

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Jay Namin moved that the Counsel go on record that it supports the ½ cent sales tax in Polk County.
Dwight seconded the motion.


A member voiced concern with the Council getting involved with a local issue.

Motion passed by majority vote. (Two nays)

Consumer #13

Response from Consumer #12

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Joyce’s Comments:

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Dwight announced the NFB State conference Memorial weekend.  He also stated that NFB will host the National Convention every other year beginning in 2011 in Orlando.

Jay Naiman announced the FCB State convention May 20 – 23.  The toll free number is: 1-800-267-4448.

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM.

Respectively submitted by,
Phyllis Dill, AAII, Council Staff

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