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Bronson still deliberating on new Parks & Rec position

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By Ryan Butler

After an hour and a half of interviews and debate, Bronson will have to wait two more weeks for the leader of its Parks and Recreation department. 

While the council couldn’t pick someone to fill the position Monday night, all members agreed that all four candidates were deserving of it. After, according to Councilwoman Beatrice Roberts, two weeks to “think and pray on it”, the council will debate further during a special workshop at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. They will announce the winner at the regularly scheduled meeting later that evening.

Three of the four candidates are Bronson natives. Among them is Curtis Stacey, a bishop at Elohim Praise Worship & Deliverance Church in Chiefland and a long-time athletic coach. He served as an assistant coach for the Chiefland High School football team during the 2012 season.

Dietrich Stewart, a teacher and coach at Bronson and more recently at Williston High School also applied. He was joined by Rodney Thomas, an assistant coach for the Bronson High School basketball team.

Mike Whelan was the only applicant not born in Bronson. He re-located to the area about 16 months ago from New Jersey, where he served for many years as a youth league coach.

The council also debated how to proceed with repairs for fire engine 70. The broken engine for the vehicle had an initial quote of over $10,000 for repairs.  The council decided to seek other opinions for repairs, including the purchase of a brand new engine or sticking with a refurbished one. Councilman Aaron Edmondson decided to communicate with the board on Nov. 20 after further consultation so the board can begin the repairs process without waiting another two weeks for the next scheduled meeting.