Bronson city elections will be held September 12

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By JOHN TYLER NILSEN, Citizen Correspondent

Town clerk Pamela Whitehead announced three qualifying candidates for the town council’s open seat during the Aug. 7 council meeting. First District Councilman Aaron Edmundson said he will retire, leaving his seat open. Edith Brown, Robert Partin, and Virginia Phillips are the qualifying applicants. Mayor Bruce Greenlee, fifth district, and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts, third district, will run unopposed for their re-election bids. The city election will be held on September 12.

Parks and Recreation director Curtis Stacy announced divisions for fall youth sports. Contact football includes 8U, 10U, and 12U teams. Flag football will be available for ages 7 to 10. Youth soccer will include 6U, 8U 11U teams. Girls’ cheerleading will be available for ages 6 to 12. Stacy announced girls’ volleyball would be added to for fall as well. Signup for all sports will be held Aug. 12 at James H. Cobb park.

• The date and time for Trunk or Treat activities is Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

• Timothy Hamilton of HandiCapable Sports People spoke to the council for permission to host a social club event at a Thrasher Drive location. Hamilton said the event will be held concurrently with a sanctioned Scholastic 3-Dimensional Archery program event, headed by Brenda Heberling.

City attorney Steven Warm said he would need to consult zoning regulations before recommending the approval of the event. Hamilton said the organization’s goal is to bring together able bodied and disabled individuals to enjoy outdoor sporting events together.

• The council voted to allow the town’s youth cheerleading squad to conduct fundraising events. Coach Aimee Smith told the council proceeds would go toward items like water bottles, cheer socks, and pink pompoms for October breast cancer awareness.

• The council amended town land development regulations to provide for zoning of recreational vehicle parks. Mayor Greenlee said he heard there was interest in bringing a recreational vehicle park to the town.

• The council unanimously passed a resolution to renew the town insurance policy provided by Florida Municipal Insurance Trust. The council was provided a quote of $38,395, according to the meeting’s informational packet.

• The council approved use of James H. Cobb park for Martin Luther King Jr Day 2018 festivities, but did not decide on closing Hathaway Road for a parade.

Mayor Greenlee and Councilman Jason Hunt expressed concerns that last January’s attendance figures relegated the parade to a sidewalk march. Greenlee said he would welcome closing the road with a large-scale increase in participants.