SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL

1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE

FEBRUARY 11, 2014

 

THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 6:00 p.m.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Silent Invocation

 

Roll Call:                    Present:                     Councilman Bob Ford

                                                                        Councilman Drew Bastian

Councilman Dennis Kennedy

                                                                        Vice Mayor Donald Burnette

                                                                        Mayor Allen Green

 

                                    Also Present:            Gregory A. Kisela, City Manager

                                                                        Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney

                                                                        Robin Fenwick, City Clerk

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

4.    Fluoridation Presentations

 

Councilman Ford advised that he is here to learn both sides of the fluoridation issue. He would like to hear from both sides and voiced concerns that there are only presenters who are in favor of fluoridation. Greg Kisela, City Manager, said there is a public comments section for anyone wanting to speak in favor of or against fluoridation.

 

Pamela Ridilla, Citizen and Chairperson for the School of Dental Sciences at Daytona State College, introduced each of the speakers as follows:

 

a.    Ron Freeman, Professional Engineer Administrator of Environmental Health for Volusia County Health Department

 

Ron Freeman provided his presentation to Council relating to fluorine, the hydrochemical cycle of fluorine, and natural fluorine minerals, as well as NSF/ANSI standards for drinking water additives.

 

b.    Dr. Bonita Sorensen, Director of the Volusia County Health Department

 

Dr. Bonita Sorensen provided her presentation to Council relating to the benefits of adding fluoride to the City’s drinking water.

 

d.    Dr. Johnny Johnson, Palm Harbor Pediatric Dentist (moved)

 

Dr. Johnny Johnson provided details relating to fluoridation benefits and the negative effects of not adding fluoride to the City’s drinking water. Dr. Johnson provided information from medical studies relating to claims made against fluoride additives.

 

c.    Dr. Jason Larkin, New Smyrna Orthodontist

 

Dr. Jason Larkin provided details relating to what is seen in dentist’s offices every day.

 

Dr. Frank Reynolds addressed Council regarding his experience with fluoride additives.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Ted Noftall, citizen, addressed Council regarding his concerns with adding fluoride to the City’s drinking water.

 

Corey Berman, citizen, expressed his concerns with people drinking bottled water rather than tap water.

 

Margaret Patterson, citizen, advised she doesn’t agree with the City adding fluoride to the water.

 

Eric Jordan, Palm Coast citizen, addressed Council regarding his experience and research on the topic.

 

Dr. Jean Pierre Pontier addressed Council regarding the water in France and his experience in the United States. He is in favor of fluoridating the City’s drinking water.

 

Mike Gardner, citizen, discussed his thoughts on the scientific research. He disagrees with the City providing fluoride.

 

Leslie Patterson, Lake County citizen, challenged Council to explore both sides of fluoridating.    

 

COUNCIL DISCUSSION

 

Councilman Kennedy agreed with obtaining information from the “con” side of the issue.

 

Councilman Bastian has also received a lot of information from both sides but would like more from the con side. He’s not convinced it is safe.

 

Vice Mayor Burnette sees the issue as two sided – the science side and the emotional side. Chlorine is bad in high doses as well, but he wouldn’t agree with not chlorinating water to clean it. He favors a referendum to the citizens in November.

 

Councilman Ford wants to hear more from the “con” side but supported the science presented.  

 

Mayor Green thanked all for coming. He said the City implemented the system in 1983 and has discussed it 4-5 times over the years. 

 

ADJOURNMENT: 7:41 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Mayor Allen Green

Attest:

 

 

                                                                       

Robin Fenwick, CMC

City Clerk