News Update for 8/9/18

A West Sebring firefighter is being hailed as a hero, after rescuing a baby from a potentially life-threatening situation. According to reports, Francisco Olivero Jr was headed with his family to Sun N’ Lake Elementary School for a student orientation session, when he noticed what appeared to be a small child in the back seat of a car.
He looked in and discovered a 10 month old in a car seat in the unoccupied vehicle.
Olivero was able to open the car, remove the child and took him to another vehicle. EMS responded to the situation. Officials estimate the baby was in the car for about 20-30 minutes.
So far, there’s no indication as to the child’s condition or if any charges have been filed in the incident.

Tuesday it was announced that plans are in the works to reduce the speed limit to 50 miles per hour on Highway 27 through the Sebring area. Some residents have responded with a petition indicating they would rather see it increased to 60 miles per hour there.
A petition on the website gathered more than 200 signatures in the first 24-hours.
The posting on social media has sparked a lively debate between proponents and opponents.
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Sebring city council members have voted to raise the fire assessment in the City on the Circle – but it still will be less than the county’s rate. The new charge will go from $60 to $70 a year for residences, with some other rates for businesses and others also to increase slightly.
The fire fee will raise more than a half million dollars, with that money to be backed out of the city’s property tax assessment.

Officials in the Town of Lake Placid say a boil water notice issued this past Saturday now has been rescinded. A pressure failure in the water treatment facility there sparked the alert.
Now, bacterilogical samples have been cleared by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Town officials say the notice was a precautionary measure.