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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 a qualified target-industry tax refund resolution and a quick action closing fund agreement with The Golf Channel LLC and GolfNow LLC.
TRANSLATION: Because Orlando loves its wacky golf pants, The Golf Channel is about to get a significant leg up from both state and local tax breaks via the qualified target-industry and quick-action closing fund tax rebate programs. It's not just the fact that the Golf Channel is awesome (is it?), but because the company is looking to add 75 new jobs averaging $75,000 a year in the interest of expanding its online presence. The deal also comes with a promise from the channel to invest $1.9 million in capital improvements, so the city is totally comfortable offering $123,000 in state-matching incentives to keep the ball rolling here. Fore. Ever.

ITEM: The city approves the issuance of a purchase order to H&E Equipment Services of Winter Garden for the repair of one Reachmaster FS95 specialized lift.
TRANSLATION: Sometimes life just calls for a Reachmaster. To that end, the city is clearly concerned that its Reachmaster FS95 – which is basically a cherry-picker and a crane at the same time, one that allows some lucky soul to dangle up to 95 feet in the air presumably to scrub windows and grab errant Mylar balloons – is not such a master of reaching at present from its current home at the Amway Center. Turns out that there's only one company capable of handling the "extensive structural repairs" required for our broken Reachmaster, and that company – H&E Equipment Services of Winter Garden – has come up with a quote of $72,032.65 to make things go "up" like they're supposed to again. Someday we'll never speak of this matter again.

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