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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 2 weeks ago

City to look into new gym at South Ormond Neighborhood Center

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Also in City Watch: Commission approves health benefits for employees.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Could the South Ormond Neighborhood Center see a new enclosed basketball gym  in the future? 

It’s a possibility. City staff will conduct a study. Several commissioners recently met one-on-one with former commissioner Rick Boehm at SONC to learn about the project. Boehm currently serves on the Leisure Services Advisory Board.

The project’s cost could hover somewhere near the $800,000 mark, Mayor Bill Partington said, and hopefully half of that could come from grants.

His only concerns stated at the Nov. 19 commission meeting were that the space at SONC seems tight, and that the project wasn’t on the list of priorities for the

Leisure Services advisory board. 

Commissioner Troy Kent said if the city can apply and receive a grant, then he’s “extremely interested.” The last big project at SONC was the splash park, he added.

Commissioner Dwight Selby suggested including it in the new Leisure Services Master Plan, but City Manager Joyce Shanahan said the update will be completed after grant application deadlines.

Superintendent Fritz hired

The Volusia County Svhool Board has approved Dr. Ronald “Scott” Fritz’s contract for superintendent with a Dec. 2 start date.

Fritz comes to Volusia from Osceola County, where he was the chief of staff for teaching, leading and learning. 

City employee benefits for 2020

The City Commission approved health, dental and vision insurance plans for next year, including long-term and short-term disabiility insurance, life insurance and funding for employee health savings accounts.

The health insurance is contracted to Florida Health Care Plans and the others are contracted to Standard Insurance Company.

The budget impact for all the plans totals over $2.6 million.

Riverside Drive closures

A portion of Riverside Drive from Granada Boulevard to Casements Drive will be closed for the duration of the following events:

  • Gaslight Parade, Nov. 29
  • Christmas Gala, Dec. 6-8
  • Hoidays at The Casements, Dec. 19
  • Salty Church’s Holiday Celebration, Dec. 24

Jarleene Almenas is the news editor for the Ormond Beach Observer. She has been with the newspaper since 2017 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Prior to coming to the Observer, she worked with various Central Florida...

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