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Avon Park annexation continues

AVON PARK - The City of Avon Park added treated water, possibly more law enforcement retirement money and even a good night's rest Monday night.

At the City Council regular meeting, the council voted unanimously to annex 31 acres at 2055 U.S. 27 North, about a fifth of a mile south of South Florida Community College, and east of the highway and Lake Glenada. The council also voted 5-0 to annex 3.6 acres on the shoreline of Lake Glenada at 2511 U.S 27 N., the site of an Econo Lodge hotel and a wastewater treatment plant.

The water facility has been outside the Avon Park corporate limits for more than 30 years, said City Manager Julian Deleon, and the land has a total assessed value of about $1.47 million.

"We are bound for further growth," said Deleon. "I have several hot irons in the fire. It is just a matter of time."

In addition, the city unanimously approved the first reading for making changes to the Police Officers' Retirement System. The city is looking at implementing a 2-percent vesting schedule with a 25-year retirement clause for new hires, said Deleon.

Currently, employees earn 3 percent vesting with a "20-year-and-out" clause. The plan changes will minimize the city's liability as new hires are added.

"I consider these changes true pension reform which will ensure the sustainability of the pension plan into future years for our employees and the city," Deleon said.

The Avon Park Police Department merged with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office in Nov. 2012.


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