By June 12, 2017 Read More →

Chipley Council expected to look at new school location during Tuesday night’s meeting ………..

The proposed ARTS Learning Academy is requesting a waiver for impact fees at 739 7th Street where they plan to open the new academy.


by Kathy Foster 


Officials from Yes, Lord Deliverance Church, located on property at the above address,  attended last week’s Chipley City Council Workshop to broach the idea of a fee waiver for the new Learning Academy proposed for location on a portion of the more than eight acre site.  However, they were told that needed paperwork had yet to be submitted and would have to be turned in to city officials before the request for fee waiver would proceed.


Council members were told the new facility would be tailored to meet the needs of students with autism and would positively  impact the entire community as it would offer exceptional educational services to children with autism and related disabilities.


At this time the Learning Academy is being operated inside Yes, Lord Deliverance Church,  but supporters recently obtained two of the portable buildings that were removed from the old Kate M. Smith Elementary School and plans are to re-establish the school in those facilities separate from the church, but on church-owned property.


Council members were told that it has become apparent the academy has outgrown the ability to be housed in the church facilities and church officials agreed to allow other portions of their land to be utilized for the academy.


Trina Hill, director and founder of the Arts Learning Academy, told council members in a letter that those associated with the academy anticipate a significant increase in enrollment provided the available space of the two new buildings.  However, she also pointed out that the fee waiver is being requested because ARTS Learning Academy is privately funded and all expenses incurred are being paid by the director/founder of the academy.


Other items on Tuesday night’s Council agenda include the following:


  •  Approval of Ordinance No. 940 – Will extend the City’s contract with Waste Management for an additional three years.
  •  Approval of Ordinance No. 941 – Updating rate changes for garbage/trash collection services.
  •  Approval of Resolution 17-16  Chipley CRA Re-development Plan.  –  Caitlin Cerame, West Florida Regional Planning Council,  will present a resolution for the plan for adoption.
  •  Approval of Resolution 17-14 FDOT LAP 5th Street Drainage Improvements Supplemental Agreement.  – This would approve adding $3,753 to cover the total design service fee.
  •  Approval of Resolution No. 17-15 FDOT Lap Pine Avenue Sidewalk Supplemental Agreement.  –  Would approve adding $21,772  to cover the total design service fees.
  •  Approval of FDOT LAP Pine Avenue Sidewalk Construction Contract with BCL Civil Contractors, Inc.   – The City Council approved the bid from BCL in the amount of $48,878 on May 14, 2017 and the City Administrator recommends approving the construction contract for the project.
  •  Approval to dispose of two Ford Crown Victoria police cars at auction.  Both vehicles are listed in poor condition.
  •  Approval to re-appoint Tracy Andrews to the Chipley Planning & Zoning Board for another three year term.
  • Approval of a Special Event application from Yes, Lord Deliverance Church to hold a Fun Day at Gilmore Park on June 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.




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