Following the palpable glitter-splash of the recent State of Downtown address at the Amway Center, wherein we were all indoctrinated once again to love Orlando unconditionally, it was time for the city to get back down to the business of making boring things happen. The city approved a series of neighborhood stabilization grants, some minor annexation agreements and gave a nod to the All Aboard Florida train. It also issued a resolution in support of comprehensive immigration reform, because everybody cares what your mayor and commissioners think about that topic!
The city approves an advisory committee ranking and authorization for the chief procurement officer to execute a contract for the bicycle-sharing system.
Translation: We are turning into a profiteer’s commune! Actually, the fact that the city is sanctioning a bike-sharing program (as well as a car-sharing program) is fairly progressive and green-minded, but it’s also a practical nod to the shortcomings of SunRail and the fact that it takes you nowhere of interest. Orlando-based CycleHop LLC won the bidding war for the 16-stop system, and fares are expected to be around $3 for 30 minutes, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Best of all, the city isn’t on the hook for any of it; the company picks up the tab (and the profit).
The city approves the appointment of local hearing officers for the Orlando STOPS red light camera enforcement program.
Translation: Somewhat controversially (ha!), the Legislature amended the state’s red-light camera laws to force municipalities to make hearing officers available for contested tickets. While the appearance is supposed to be one of greater transparency and efficiency, the realities are proving to be more costly to drivers. Under this appointment, hearing officers William Vose and Frank Pyle will get $250 for up to four hours from the city on any given hearing day. Rest assured, you will be paying for some of that.