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Thursday February 9, 2017

Chairwoman Patricia Lipovsky called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. with roll call.

Council Members Present: 9
Patricia Lipovsky, Robert Doyle, Sandra Burke, Bruce Miles, Mikey Wiseman, Paul Edwards, Howard Bell, Gloria Mills, Robert Kelly

Council Members Absent: 3
Charles Brooks, Jesus Garcia, Lenora Marten

DBS Staff: 4
Mireya Hernandez, Dacia Drury, Michelle Levy, Walter Blackman, Bobbie Howard Davis, Ana Saint Fort, Nancy Brown, Brian Michaels, Steve Holland

Council Staff: 1
Selena Sickler

Attendees: Denise Valkema, Beverly Bennett, Sylvia Perez, Stephanie Grenier, Jennifer Brooks, Sheryl Brown

Chairwoman Patricia Lipovsky welcomed the audience.  Ms. Lipovsky stated the FRCB is a group of volunteers appointed by the Governor to serve in an advisory role to the Division of Blind Services.  Ms. Lipovsky stated the council members have the task of assisting the Division of Blind Services with the development of its state plan and evaluating the effectiveness of its services. 

Nineteen Consumers attended.

First Consumer Comment (Audience)

Second Consumer Comment (Phone)

Third Consumer Comment (Audience)

Fourth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Fifth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Sixth Consumer Comment (Phone)

FRCB Response

Seventh Consumer Comment (Audience)

FRCB Response

Eighth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Ninth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Tenth Consumer Comment (Phone)

FRCB Response

Eleventh Consumer Comment (Audience)

Twelfth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Thirteenth Consumer Comment (Audience)

FRCB and DBS Response

Fourteenth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Fifteenth Consumer Comment (Phone)

Sixteenth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Seventeenth Consumer Comment (Audience)

Eighteenth Consumer Comment (Audience)

FRCB and DBS Response

Nineteenth Consumer Comment (Phone)

Sheryl Brown recognized audience member Jodi King who is the Lowry Park Zoo employee recognized earlier that morning.

Director Doyle commented that he had pulled up the data for the Older Blind program and the numbers were higher than expected.  Paul Edwards thanked Director Doyle for the data and expressed the importance of getting seniors trained.

Director Doyle addressed the comment of the previous client who referenced Statute 112.061.  Director Doyle stated he did not believe the statute was applicable to clients.  Mr. Doyle suggested further discussion with legal.

The meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.

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