City of Bradenton Council Corner: Ward Three, Patrick Roff, October Update

Patrick Roff is currently serving his fourth term on the City Council. He also takes his service “on the road” so to speak, serving as past Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Vice-Chair of the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Manasota League of Cities. He also serves on the League of Cities Florida State Board of Directors, the USF Advisory Council, the SRQ Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of the Sarasota-Bradenton Regional Airport.

The City of Bradenton publishes a regular newsletter that includes a section where one of the members on the City of Bradenton Council shares some information.  Below is a copy of Councilman Patrick Roff’s “Council Corner”.

Our Public Works & Utilities Department is working hard, obviously, but we as citizens can do a lot to help them, too. Let’s make it our business to help them by placing yard waste neatly in stacks and without blocking a sidewalk.

Place loose leaves and grass in a bag or can. Let’s educate ourselves on proper recycling collection as well.

Below is photo to learn – or just to refresh your memory – about what can and can’t be recycled.

Incidentally, if a tree service trims your trees or takes a tree down on your property, it is their responsibility to take away what they took down.

Thanks so much for learning more about how to be a more responsible citizen.

October 19, 2021 – Work Session

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City of Bradenton Yard Waste extra effort is making a difference

A severe shortage of workers in the Solid Waste industry has caused Public Works & Utilities departments nationwide to resort to drastic measures to account for the collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste. Here in Bradenton, while we continue to pick up garbage every week, we have temporarily shifted the collection of yard waste and recycling to alternate weeks.

That every-other-week plan has affected our pickup of yard waste the most. Those bunches of leaves, grass, and tree branches pile up quickly, and once a truck is full to brimming, it has to be emptied before it can hold more.

The real issue, though – drivers. The City has increased pay for CDL drivers and is currently offering a sign-on bonus and retention incentives. The more immediate issue – picking up your yard waste.

Twice now, and maybe a third time upcoming, Public Works & Utilities employees have volunteered to work on Saturday to help the City catch up with yard waste collection. These are not just employees from the Solid Waste Division. Some of them are from Landscape & Grounds, Electrical, and Water Treatment divisions.

These Saturday efforts are to the tune of $10,369.60 in overtime pay so far to help the City get more caught up where yard waste is concerned. Mayor Gene and Gina Brown, and Jim McLellan, Director of Public Works & Utilities, have been among the Saturday crews. At a recent City Council meeting, the Mayor read the names of all the Saturday workers because he wanted them to get their proper due. That’s why we’re doing it here, too:

First of all, four people – Craig Keys (Public Works); Gabriel Hornes (Streets); Mike Armato (Water Distribution); and Roberto Ramirez (Drainage) – have worked both Saturdays. Others who gave up a Saturday to help out were: Bert Lawton, Brian Cho, Calvert White, Corbett Matthews, Garrett Falcon, Jason McNeil, Juan Colon, Lamont Stuckey, Wes Silenceux, Ollie Anderson, Stanley King, and Pierce Johnson, all of the Solid Waste Division; Jatazious Wright, Kelvet Fuller, Lester Johnson, Scott Marciano, Todd O’Donnell, and Billy Jones of the Landscape & Grounds Division; Marco Edmond and Jude Placide of Streets; Jesse Gonzalez and Sunil Ditta of Electrical; Lavanus Bowen of Fleet; Phillip Campbell of Water Distribution; Quinton Jamison of Sewer; John Simmons of Drainage; and James Eberstein of Water Treatment.

Using nine rear-load garbage trucks, four boom grapple trucks, a pickup truck/trailer combo, and CDL drivers from other divisions, Saturday workers collected a combined 136 tons on the two days; a usual weekday solid waste run is approximately 15-20 tons.

Well done!

These employees deserve more than a little extra pay and a pat on the back, and our thanks is truly genuine. Director McLellan, whose respect and appreciation for his employees is already noteworthy, had this to say about the Saturday efforts: “I could not be prouder of our staff. Knowing that our Solid Waste team is dealing with an unprecedented problem, these folks volunteered to give up part of their weekends to help Solid Waste meet the needs of our City. No better definition of a team.”

October 19, 2021 – BCC Work Session

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October 18, 2021 – Tourist Development Council

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October 12, 2021 – Planning Commission Meeting

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Manatee County 1-Mill Referendum For Education Debate

BRADENTON, FLORIDA, October 13, 2021 – Manatee Tiger Bay Club will host the 1- Mill Referendum for Education Renewal debate on October 21st at 11:30 AM. The debate will take place at Pier 22 in Bradenton, Florida.

Panelist included in the October 21st Debate include Garin C. Hoover, Superintendent for Manatee County Schools Cynthia Saunders, and Ernie Withers Co-Chair Forward Manatee. Speakers details attached to release.

The 1-mill Referendum was last approved in 2018 during a special election and set to expire on June 30, 2022.

Request to attend the debate by emailing Tonya Updegraff, Manatee Tiger Bay Club at admin@manateetigerbayclub.org.

About Manatee Tiger Bay Club

Manatee Tiger Bay Club, Inc., established in 2009, is a non-partisan organization formed to present exciting, stimulating, and thought-provoking programs with topics ranging from political, social, local, state to national issues. We are a club geared to serve local businesses and community members. New members and guests are welcome. Speakers are politicians, elected officials, community leaders, public affairs experts, and citizens deeply involved in the topic at hand. Presentations are followed by a Q&A from our members.

We meet on Thursdays of each month at Pier 22 Ballroom, downtown Bradenton on the Manatee River. Doors open at 11:15 am for a social time among members and guests. Tiger Bay’s president will announce the start of the program at noon.  Lunch will then be served to attendees. The program will end at 1 p.m.

City officials celebrate Marauders championship

City Council members and Mayor Gene Brown attended a celebration of the Bradenton Marauders’ achievement of their Southeast League Championship. City Council member Marianne Barnebey was unable to attend, but Marty the Marauder knows she was there at LECOM Park in spirit.

Port Manatee career fair set for Oct. 14 at Bradenton Area Convention Center

Those seeking well-paying jobs with industry partners of Port Manatee are to be given an opportunity to operate a heavy equipment simulator and participate in on-site interviews at an Oct. 14 career event.

PALMETTO, Florida – Port Manatee and many of its industry partners are looking to fill more than 100 well-paying positions through a free, hands-on career fair to be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto.

The first-time collaborative event, being held in conjunction with CareerSource Suncoast, with support of Manatee Technical College, is to feature on-site interviews, as well as the opportunity to literally be “put in the seat” with a heavy equipment simulator demonstrating what it feels like to operate a broad spectrum of machinery, from yard tractors to the cranes used to lift cargo on and off oceangoing vessels.

“As Port Manatee and companies with operations at and near the seaport continue unprecedented growth, we are joining together in offering opportunities for rewarding careers in a wide range of jobs essential to keeping the supply chain flowing swiftly and efficiently through Central and Southwest Florida’s preferred gateway for global commerce,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director.  

From welders and mechanics to clerks and production technicians, from truck drivers to crane and forklift operators, Port Manatee industry partners are looking to fill positions paying as much as $32 an hour while providing extensive benefits. Applicants with all levels of experience, including trainees, are being sought.

Companies slated to take part in the career fair include terminal operators Carver Maritime Manatee, Federal Marine Terminals Inc., Kinder Morgan Port Manatee and Logistec USA Inc.; Air Products and Chemicals Inc., which fabricates massive liquefied natural gas heat exchangers at its plant across U.S. 41 from the seaport; building materials leader Ash Grove Cement Co.; Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., which imports fruits through its on-port distribution center; and Port Manatee-based containerized cargo carrier World Direct Shipping, provider of the fastest short-sea link between Mexico and the U.S. Southeast. Also, Port Manatee is looking to augment the seaport’s security contingent.

The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Pre-registration – at https://careersourcesuncoast.com/port-manatee-career-fair/ – is encouraged but not required.

“Port Manatee and our private industry stakeholders look forward to conveniently offering scores of career opportunities all in one place on one day,” said Reggie Bellamy, chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority. “For anyone interested in highly rewarding work, this is a must-participate event that could well be the first step in pursuing a bright future.”

Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The self-sustaining port generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impacts while providing for more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs, all without benefit of local property tax support.

Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

MANATEE COUNTY, FL  – Manatee County Government Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity (REO)’s #ManateeMomentum campaign won a Bronze Rank honors for Innovation in Economic Development Week from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The award was presented this week at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference.

“The Economic Development team worked hard on #ManateeMomentum to recognize and promote our business community during Economic Development Week,” said Geri Lopez, Director of the REO Department. “With both face-to-face and virtual engagement, the team shared ways that emergency grants during the pandemic helped keep businesses running and highlighted economic development achievements. The team also made important connections with business owners and employees in our Southwest District. This IEDC recognition shows how diligently the team works for our business community.”

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from four countries.

The #ManateeMomentum was held during Economic Development Week, May 9 – 15, and designed to showcase the economic development work of the REO Department. REO partnered with the County’s Information Outreach Division on the project that included a social media campaign, a digital “treasure hunt” of business landmarks (“Spot the Shop”), a poster exhibit at the County Administration Building and local partner locations, an interactive display for County employees, and a Proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners. The week culminated in a pop-up outreach event at the Oneco Market.

“Geri and her team are top-notch,” said County Commissioner Misty Servia. “Their operation has landed phenomenal new industries in Manatee County and created initiatives to support business expansion too. Their work helps to make Manatee County the strong community that we all love.”

The campaign had both digital impacts via social media and physical impacts at a pop-up outreach event. The campaign had an overall reach of 33,003 impressions: 4,277 from LinkedIn, 20,967 from Facebook, and 7,759 from Instagram. A blog post had 92 views and the press release was opened 1,255 times. An Economic Development Week survey received 299 responses. At REO’s outreach event, County staff visited 43 vendors, engaged 23 walk-up patrons and visited 17 storefronts outside the Oneco Market. Every market vendor and storefront received a bag with information on resources available from both the County and our partners.

The project addressed job creation and retention by showcasing the work county staff did in distributing CARES Act funding to local businesses. Marketing materials included the total dollar amount and the number of businesses served by the grant program in addition to testimonials from businesses that received funding. The outreach event held at Oneco Market was an effort to improve overall quality of life by bringing information about programs that not only can help business but also help workers (e.g. childcare resources). Additionally, the event featured the launch of a special credit union product for individuals within a targeted redevelopment area.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter @ManateeGov.