News 7/20/21

It will be an important meeting for Highlands County commissioners as they get together in regular session this morning. Among other things, they will be looking at setting a tentative millage rate for the county. Observers say even if the property tax rate is not raised, residents may be paying more – as property values reportedly are increasing.
In other action, the county is slated to hear an appeal from Waste Connections. The local trash hauler has been tagged as an habitual violator by county staff.
Commissioners also will hold a workshop to discuss requested budgets for constitutional officers and outside agencies for the upcoming fiscal year.

City officials in Avon Park still are trying to sell the Brickell Building. Avon Park City Manager Mark Schrader told council after some initial interest, there have not been any inquiries into the purchase of the structure.
The two-story building has been declared a planned unit development with residential upstairs and retail space downstairs. The city is looking for a developer who will purchase the building and have it ready for occupancy as soon as possible.

Local firefighters were busy last night with a house fire down on County Road 29 near Lake Placid. Few details on the incident are available. Authorities say there were no injuries reported either to the occupants of the home or the units responding to put it out.
The State Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.