The process to select our new city manager continues to move forward. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the City Council hired the Mercer Group to oversee the executive search and work with the appointed Citizen Advisory Committee to develop a candidate profile. Once finalized, the profile will be reviewed by the City Council at their last meeting in April or at one of their two meetings in May. Upon approval, the city could then actively advertise and recruit candidates. Our goal is to have the new city manager on board before our current interim city manager's contract ends this August.
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We are at the beginning stages of the 2015-2016 budget process. Each year, there are many priorities and big issues to address. One of those issues is flooding. The rain storms that flooded homes and streets last September and November have been the subject of several workshops recently. The city has heard the concerns of residents, and is refocusing its efforts to find solutions to these concerns. We are working with the adjacent communities that contribute to the flow of stormwater down the Halifax Canal to Port Orange. Whether it's additional drainage improvements, acquisitions or a combination of these approaches, it still requires funding.
Lastly, springtime is here and there are many events and activities for you and your family to attend and enjoy. Scheduled on the same weekend in April is the Lakeside Jazz Festival and the Port Orange ArtFest. For those interested in our community's history, we have the annual Founder's Day Ceremony on April 24 and also the monthly history lectures. This year Memorial Day is May 25. I encourage you to attend the Memorial Day ceremony held at Veterans Park across the lake from City Hall. All these events and more can be found in the calendar section of this newsletter.
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