Dear Poinciana Citizens: Hot weather, swimming, the smell of hot dogs on the grill, summer camps and family time best depict the summer season! As we struggle with managing so many priorities, it is important to remember there is nothing more enjoyable than spending quality time with the ones you love. "Quality time" is time spent doing an important activity together, sharing thoughts and feelings, or having the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with your loved ones. I just returned from Kentucky where I shared priceless moments with my family. I was accompanied for several days by five grandchildren, my son and daughter and their spouses. We visited places, attended gatherings, and shared with family and friends. We will all cherish these moments forever, and hopefully our grand-children will share this tradition with their own. Please take time to build memories; this will strengthen your family, and consequently, our communities. No matter what you choose to do, remember that it is the time you spend with them that matters.
This hurricane season is expected to be a very busy one. Osceola County's Emergency Management Director Davis Casto encourages families and businesses to create disaster plans with survival kits with enough supplies to last at least three days to two weeks. In addition, have a predetermined meeting location and possible evacuation routes if necessary. A 40-page guide ("2007 Osceola Hurricane Handbook") is available to help residents prepare for what to do before, during and after a storm. Local residents can obtain a copy by going online at www.kua.com/hurricane.
I am thrilled about the grand and awaited developments becoming a reality in Poinciana. First, the new post office! Residents will be benefited with more postal services, faster service, shorter lines and extended hours. We thank you for your endurance while this effort was pursued. Our thanks and appreciation to Congressman Adam H. Putnam for sharing our vision, placing this item on his priority list, and approving funding for making it a reality! Construction plans are set to begin in December 2007 or January 2008. With this same enthusiasm, optimism and commitment, we continue to move forward with the Primary Care Medical Services facility. Polk County shares our goal of protecting the well-being of our residents and is exploring possible venues to assist in making this much-needed facility a reality!
As an update on our roadway projects, Phase I of Poinciana Boulevard continues to develop. Utility companies continue installing underground utilities and staff is continuing to lay storm sewer pipe grading and preparing roadway for stabilization. The anticipated completion date is December 2007. The Poinciana sidewalk project is near completion. The contractor has ordered the 2 drainage structures that need to be in place before the project can be completed. The anticipated completion date is the end of July 2007.
On a separate note, the Poinciana Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Pastor Maxwell Berkel recently celebrated their "Annual Community Guest Day". (See picture attached). I was humbled and pleased beyond words for the honor of the invite to such significant ceremony. An award was presented to me which I consider a masterpiece; it is an acronym of the word "leader" written and framed by Mr. Sam Court. Allow me to share with you an excerpt of his innovation..."D" - Determination is a trait of a great leader. They are ordinary people who did extraordinary things because circumstances made demands on their potential. "E" - Enthusiastic leaders will make a way where there is none; "W'- Resourcefulness in finding the necessary means to keep pace with the rapid growth in Poinciana and being open to the many ideas from the citizens, is part of your vision". Once again, I thank Pastor Berkel and Mr. Court for such prestigious award. As a recipient, I consider this recognition a great honor and privilege.
I am available for questions, answers and assistance at the Association of Poinciana Villages Office, 401 Walnut Street. To schedule an appointment, please contact Iris Soto at 407.343.2206 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your ideas and concerns are certainly welcome. As always, if you have any issues that need my immediate attention, you may contact me at my office, my cell phone 407.301.3086 or by email at ksmi@osceola.
As a reminder, the Ninth Judicial Court and County Administration Offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Happy Birthday America! As we celebrate freedom and independence with barbeques, picnics, parades, family gatherings and fireworks, keep in mind SAFETY is the key to an enjoyable and memorable occasion.
Ken Shipley, Chairman Commissioner District 3