City Council Feb. 5 Meeting Brief: City Honors Police Department Retirees and Moves Forward with City Clerk and Electric Utility Projects

Feb. 7, 2019, Green Cove Springs, FL – Green Cove Springs City Council honored the retirement of two long-time city police officers. Mayor Connie Butler presented a plaque of service to Green Cove Springs Police Officer James Melvin Acres and Officer Chris Kennison.

Acres worked as a police officer for 28 years, with 18 of those years as part of the Green Cove Springs Police Department. During those years he has served on the Honor Guard, been a part of the FDLE Child Abduction Response Team, and helped train other Green Cove Springs Police officers as one of the department’s firearms instructors, field training officer, and AR15 and Glock Armorer.

Kennison worked as a police officer for 20 years and served as an officer of the Green Cove Springs Police Department since August 1999. During that time, he worked in many areas of the department, including training several officers of the Green Cove Springs Police Department.

Along with saying farewell to these officers, Tuesday’s meeting also brought news of new hires. Human Resources Director Mary Jane Lundy announced two finalists for City Clerk, a position that has been vacant since Julie Clevenger’s retirement in November 2018. Both final candidates are from outside Green Cove Springs, have a Municipal Clerk Certification, a master’s degree in public administration, and 10 years of experience in a city clerk office. Both will be interviewed and selected by the City Council at the end of February.

City Council also approved two purchase orders to Hooper Corporation for electric utility projects. The first purchase order of $86,760 is to install lightning arrestors along power lines from the Chapman Substation into town and proper grounding throughout the entire electric grid. The lightning arrestors will help to prevent extensive damage to power lines in case of lightning strikes, and updating grounding on main points of power in the City’s electric grid will help prevent power surges from traveling down entire circuit lines and damaging electrical equipment.

The second purchase order of $114,900 is to upgrade wire on power lines on Center Street between Palmetto Avenue and Roderico Avenue. Upgrading these lines from copper to aluminum will help the City restore power to those homes and businesses more efficiently during outages, and allow the Clay County School Board offices to switch to the North Substation circuit in order to avoid interruptions to their technical systems during future outages. Both projects are part of the $10.7 million loan for electric upgrades.

Parks and Recreation Programming Director Glee Glisson announced her interest in starting a summer movie series in Spring Park. She plans to hold each movie night by the Spring Park Gazebo once a month from April to September and is looking at cost for movie licensing and equipment such as a projector, projector screen and speakers. The City Council approved the idea and voted for her to come back at the next meeting to present cost options for the monthly event in more detail.

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