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  • Block 12 could drain CRA's account

    It started with $163,000 and Monday night over $511,000 was added to it. If all comes to pass, it could cost the city of Williston more than $674,000.

    "It" is Block 12, the area between Main and NE 1st Streets and for the last three years, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has relentlessly pursued its purchase and reformation.

    Seeking ways to further economic development while creating useful parking space, the CRA purchased the property from the owners. All but two owners, John Patrick and Michael Pesso, were on board.

  • Council reviews city hall proposals

    Members of Williston City Council are now reviewing four proposals for the design and construction of a new city hall. The council hopes to evaluate and score the applicants in time to make a decision at the next council meeting, Feb. 21.

    Those vying for the opportunity to modernize city hall include BBI Construction, TWC, Parrish-McCall Constructors and Oelrich Construction.

    Council had planned to discuss the proposals Tuesday night, but City Attorney Fred Koberlein reminded them that the RFP said each contender would be scored.

  • Levy County ROCKS

    The death of a loved one may seem unbearable but thinking that loved one may not be remembered may be worse.

    Shari Raymond of Williston is doing something to ensure her brother, Boo, who died in December is not forgotten and she’s encouraging others to follow her lead.

    Levy County ROCKS, Raymond’s simple, yet poignant, project is rapidly covering Williston and before long, she hopes it encompasses all of Levy County.

    You may have encountered it but didn’t know it. That’s about to change.

  • Pay raises dominate council meeting

    A resolution to bring the city of Williston's employees' salaries to a more competitive rate drew a myriad of emotions Tuesday that after an hour of discussion resulted in a split council vote.

    In a 2-3 vote with Councilmen Kori Lamb, Charles Goodman and Elihu Ross opposed to a blanket pay increase, the resolution died but not after almost everyone spoke his mind.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor and City Manager Scott Lippmann presented a salary comparison chart of 13 different municipalities.

  • Bronson mayor wants to expand MLK festivities

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee has a goal to expand on the town’s march and festivities for the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with a focus on getting more students involved.

  • Mattair receives national honor

    Kelvin Mattair, of Williston has been named one of nine Fellows selected for The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) inaugural 2017 National Mentoring Summit Fellowship Program.

    As a Fellow, Mattair, Project Director of the JBU Mentoring Program at the Unity Family Community Center, Inc., has been awarded admission and a travel stipend to attend MENTOR’s annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • P&Z deems Ch. 48 'too subjective'

    Months and months of rewriting, reviewing and rewording came to a halt Tuesday night when the city of Williston's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee failed to validate the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances.

    The rewrite, done by the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), and predominately one of its members, Bruce Schupp, attempted to put stricter policies in place for the code enforcement officer to carry out.

  • Chapter 48 goes to P&Z

    Williston residents will have another opportunity Tuesday, Jan. 31 to speak on the city's revisions to the Code of Ordinances that regulates beautification.

    The Planning and Zoning Committee will receive the revised chapter and discuss it at 6 p.m. in the city council room.

  • Man indicted in home invasion death case

    The Levy County Spring Term Grand Jury returned a True Bill on Thursday, Jan. 19, indicting Johnny Tadree Turner, 22, on 13 individual criminal counts including first degree murder for the shooting death of Francisco De Jesus Soto during a May 1, 2016, home invasion in Morriston.

  • Two RV parks coming to Chiefland

    Chiefland is going to get about 900 spaces for RVs if two planned resorts come to fruition.

    The Chiefland City Commission, which approved plans for a 450-space RV resort last spring, gave its approval Monday to a second proposed RV resort headed by developer Hal Lyons. Sitting as the City Planning Board the commission took two actions — one changing the city’s land use plan and another to change the land use for the new resort site and rezone it from R-1, single family residences, to R-2 multi-family homes.