PAYING FOR ACCIDENTS: A few weeks ago we had an interesting discussion in Williston about having accident victims pay for the cost of having police answer the calls. That drew a large outcry from city folks who say they already pay through taxes, and also from those who might not be at fault in the accidents.
Last week out of the Ocala City Council meeting came a plan that addresses both of those concerns.
Ocala is working with the company Cost Recovery to recover the costs of police response to accidents, taking into account the complaints listed above.
The city will try to collect about $200 from the insurance companies of non-residents who are at fault in accidents.
City residents won't be charged, nor will innocent parties.
That's obviously the way to go. City residents are already paying taxes to support the police, and no one should be charged who is not at fault.
Maybe Williston should revisit the issue with these exemptions. If they're good enough for Ocala, they ought to be good enough for us.
CHAMBER DINNER: The annual Chamber of Commerce installation banquet was last Friday, and went well.
The Woman's Club catered the event, and the food was plentiful and delicious. If anyone came away from that meal hungry, it's his or her own fault.
The location was something else. It was held at a new building at the back of Williston Crossings RV Resort, one of the city's hidden assets. There are people visiting from all over the country in that resort, which is huge. The new building is spacious and ideal for banquets, and when the work around it is finished it could become one of the more popular spots for having catered affairs.
Since the area around the building has, at the moment, little parking, Chamber members were directed to a parking lot just outside the gate, and then were taken to the dinner by one of the trolleys that are used in the park. It added a certain atmosphere to the banquet.
To get there turn north at Knauff Funeral Home on East Noble Avenue, and the entrance is a short distance up the road. There's a guard at the gate, but the two times I've been there he's been most friendly for people who just want to look around.
CHEERLEADERS: We have a picture of the cheerleaders from the high school and all the would-be little ones who attended their camp. They were cheering at the basketball games last Saturday, and two things stood out.
First, the smiles of the high school girls show what appears to be genuine enjoyment of what they were doing with their little visitors.
And in the faces of the young children, you'll see a type of hero worship as they look up (literally) to the high school girls.
It looks like the older girls did a nice job with the youngsters, and that's what a community needs. We held the picture for space reasons, but look for it next week. It's a good one.
Jim Clark is the editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 528-3343.