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Monday, April 19, 2021

Rampant development provides plenty of excess cash in Wildwood

Rampant development, especially in the Villages of Southern Oaks, has meant an excess of cash for the city of Wildwood.

The city will pour the estimated excess of $3.4 million into road and construction projects.

At a special meeting Monday, a report on the city’s finances by assistant finance officer Lynzey McClellan revealed that Wildwood is expected to end the current fiscal year next Sept. 30 with a cash balance of about $6.4 million, which is $3.4 million higher than the normal amount needed for reserve funds.

The normal year-end reserve is recommended to be about 25 percent of the city’s $11.9-million operating budget.

The extra money will help finance six projects that eventually will cost about $9.4 million and avoid borrowing money for them this year.

Projects include $3.4 million for the municipal services complex and $350,000 for replacement of the heating and air conditioning system at city hall. Road projects include $3.2 million for Clay Drain Road and Signature Drive; $880,000 for Jackson Street; $855,000 for Barwick Street; and $774,000 for Pleasantdale Drive.

McClellan reported that revenues at the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year were 5 percent over while expenditures were 6 percent under budgeted amounts. Significant revenue increases were in utility and franchise fees as well as charges for development services.

Despite two major sewer and water extension projects, Wildwood’s utility fund is expected to end the current fiscal year with a $3.6-million cash reserve or about 58 percent of the operating budget for utilities. The recommended amount is about 50 percent.

Commissioners also approved a resolution that defines how the city handles asset management and depreciation.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Opening date announced for barbecue restaurant at Magnolia Plaza 

An opening date has been announced for a new barbecue restaurant coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

A convicted sexual predator has taken up permanent residence in the Village of Alhambra.

Great article on the labor shortage at restaurants in The Villages

An Ocala reader, in a Letter to the Editor, points out that the restaurants in the area aren’t the only businesses dealing with staffing shortages.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.

Upgrade our infrastructure and protect the environment

A reader from Wisconsin, in a Letter to the Editor, offers praise for President Biden’s plan to upgrade our infrastructure while looking out for the environment.