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Thursday, October 04, 2007
Osceola County Commissioner Message - November
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Dear Poinciana Citizens:

Ken ShipleyIt is hard to believe autumn is here already!  The cool evenings, warm afternoons, harvest celebrations and fall fairs all inspire us for family-fun times.  If you are still getting in sync to Daylight Saving time, I would like to offer a safety reminder and that is to adopt a life-saving habit:  changing smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks back from daylight saving time each fall.  This may save a life by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape a home fire.  Being proactively safe and vigilant is your best gift to your loved ones!

Osceola and Polk residents in the Poinciana area need convenient and timely access to emergency services and healthcare; that is a reality.  Another reality we are facing is the tough budgetary restraints statewide.  Budget cuts have stalled our medical facility project but not our commitment for building a solid and secure community of which healthcare is a vital factor.  My commitment still stands strong.  Osceola Regional Medical Center is in the process of resubmitting its Certificate of Need (CON) application for a new hospital in the Poinciana community.  County Commissioners heartily support the application of Osceola Regional Hospital for this facility.  As a result, I have sent a letter to Mr. Timothy Cook, Chief Executive Officer of the Osceola Regional Medical Center supporting their application for a certificate of need for up to a 120-bed hospital in the Poinciana area.  We will sustain our efforts and vision in making this a reality.   Officials from Polk and Osceola counties continue to meet on a regular basis addressing many factors and this is one of our top priorities.

As an update on developments, plans are 73% complete on the Poinciana Blvd. Phase I (Oren Brown Road to Pam Road) and is on schedule.  Significant events included the installation and full operation of the signal at Oren Brown Road.  On the Poinciana Blvd. Phase II (Crescent Lake to US 17/92) project, plans are complete and will be advertised for construction in November 2007.  For Phase III, we anticipate plans to be completed by February 2008 and under construction by June 2008.

If I can be of assistance to you, feel free to contact me at my office, my cell phone 407.301.3086 or by email at kshi@osceola.org.  You are welcome to visit my office at the Association of Poinciana Villages Office.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Iris Soto at 407.343.2206 or email her at isot@osceola.org.  

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy this celebration by acknowledging the good deeds of fellowmen and be thankful.  Take time for kindness to those we hold most dear and extend a helping hand to others.  As you share with your loved ones with thankful hearts, think of the men and women who are serving our country and defending our freedom.  Thanksgiving thoughts are the kind of thoughts we should have all year long!

As a reminder for next month, the Ninth Judicial Court and County Administration Offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th and 25th in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
Ken Shipley, Chairman
Commissioner District 3

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