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Council watch

Billy Manes pays attention to city government so you don't have to

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ITEM: The city approves the use of an Orange County contract for the purchase of protective bunker gear for the Orlando Fire Department.
TRANSLATION: It's the end of the world! Run to your bunker! Well, not really. With the Orlando Fire Department's firefighter bunker gear reaching the end of its ten-year life cycle, the department is requesting to "piggyback" off Orange County's Fire Rescue and Hazmat Supplies and Equipment contract for the purchase of 500 sets of new gear. The estimated cost for the new swag is $1.3 million and includes coats, pants, boots and gloves, all featuring high-tech design features such as bi-flex heat channel knee pads, dead-air panels, double waterproof wristlets, and Kinetic Kut™ patterning. Not sure what all that means, but wristlets definitely sound like must-haves for the holiday season!

ITEM: The city approves an Amendment to the General Employee Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, reopening a brief window to allow the purchase of service credits for contractual service rendered prior to 1989.
TRANSLATION: And finally, because there always has to be at least one in a crowd, the city is reopening a window of opportunity for one individual to purchase service credits for contractual work the unidentified woman did prior to 1989. The city originally opened said window for employees whose work was not previously treated as credited service under the Defined Benefit Pension Plan back in 2009. "Unfortunately, one eligible employee" missed the memo the first go around, so hopefully, she jumps through the window this time, albeit three years late.

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