Palm Coast City Council members aren’t interested in changing twice-a-week trash pick-up frequency or scaling back curbside recycling, but nothing guarantees Waste Pro another contract extension as the city bids out the contract later this year.
Citing county government’s “playbook” against ex-lections Supervisor Kim Weeks, Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton says he won’t sit idle while he’s being defamed, as he says he was by Council member Victor Barbosa, who last week called Morton “corrupt” and moved for his firing. Barbosa’s motion died.
The University of North Florida’s Mednexus hub in Palm Coast’s Town Center will launch in August with 50 students and make $1 million available to them in scholarships. The university received a $1.5 million subsidy from Palm Coast government, one of its chief local partners. Others include Daytona State College and AdventHealth Palm Coast.
After getting 150 applications for a deputy city manager and finding them wanting, Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton had abandoned the search and changed track, instead drawing from within and appointing Denise Bevan and Lauren Johnston to newly created chiefs of staff positions, each overseeing a vast array of city departments.
An examination of Palm Coast Councilman Victor Barbosa’s accusation of “corruption” against Manager Matt Morton reveals it to be baseless and defamatory, while Barbosa’s own methods, from trying to get city employees fired, meddling in administrative business, blindsiding the council and shaming of residents in the city’s name, raise questions about his own understanding of, or fitness for, the job.
Flagler Beach becomes the latest among hundreds of cities and counties across the country to abandon traditional recycling in whole or in part since 2018. Palm Coast is preparing for a new trash-hauling contract, with recycling a significant component. The city does not expect to abandon recycling.
Palm Coast Council member Victor Barbosa called for the firing of City Manager Matt Morton based on a a handful of internal code enforcement issues Barbosa raised, and a claim that Morton was inappropriately “tracking” his own code enforcement complaints about other residents. Barbosa’s move got no council support.
Waste Pro since March 2018 has accumulated $112,500 in fines over shoddy service. It had a good 2020, but the first three months of 2021 have been increasingly poor, and just as the city is preparing to bid out the contract, which expires in 2022. The company again blames a driver shortage. The city wants Waste Pro to live up to its contractual obligations.
The municipal pool, which is heated, is located at 339 Parkview Drive and will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday only from April 5 to May 28. Hours will extend starting May 29 to Aug. 8.
This year, to provide the utmost safe experience and still offer interaction among participants and local leaders, the City will host this session via Zoom. The sessions will begin April 26 and continue for five consecutive Mondays. The session is limited to 20 participants.