Volume 8 / April 20, 2018
A Message from Jim Gray
Orlando City Commissioner
Earth Day 2018
Recycle Your Used Cooking Oil
Do you have used cooking oil that is left over after cooking? Is there oil left in your skillet or pot after cooking a meal? Pouring oil and grease down the drain is the leading cause of sewer backups in homes. Using hot water or soap does not eliminate the grease and will still cause an issue in the sewer. Constantly having your sewer lines cleaned because of blockages can be costly. The City of Orlando has a simple and free solution for you. After cooking oil has cooled, pour it into a shatterproof container and drop it off at the location closest to you.
This cooking oil recycling program is easy, free to use and helps keep Orlando the City Beautiful! For more information, please call the Public Awareness Section at 407.246.2657.
Commissioner Jim Gray and the Orlando Fire Department (OFD) will join residents at City of Orlando Fire Station 14 for a Community Open House to meet local firefighters.

Visuals at the open house include dozens of residents and community members:
Touring the apparatus and equipment used during emergency responses

Learning vital safety tips, including Hands-Only CPR, home fire safety, fire extinguisher training and home fire safety

Receiving blood pressure checks

Interacting with firefighters through a meet-and-greet

The Open House is part of OFD's commitment to building relationships with residents, and most importantly, keeping the community safe. The City of Orlando encourages all community members to come out, meet local firefighters and ask questions about fire or life safety.

The Mayor and City Commissioners believe in the power and creativity of its citizens to address challenges, build communities and develop relationships with fellow neighbors, community partners and local businesses through the Mayor’s Matching Grant Program.

Grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for projects that offer educational enhancement, academic enrichment, crime prevention and anti-violence for our City’s youth.
Grants are awarded to neighborhood organizations for projects that implement physical improvements or enhancements, increase public safety or provide educational and cultural opportunities that benefit neighborhood residents.

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program accepts applications on a year-round basis. Applications received on or before April 27, 2018 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the spring cycle (Grant Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Applications received on or before September 28, 2018 will be reviewed for funding recommendations in the fall cycle (Grant Term: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019). 

Emergency Preparedness A Community Connections Workshop
Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This class will cover how a community prepares for, stays safe during and thrives
after a disaster strikes. The Class will feature information about the four phases of the emergency planning process, and the
National Incident Management System - a protocol used to coordinate and respond to events from the local to federal level.
Community Connections Workshops are FREE! Parking is FREE in the surface lots in front of and behind Beardall Senior Center. Complimentary refreshments courtesy of the City of Orlando.

Report a Streetlight Outage

When the sun goes down in Central Florida, OUC takes over with our thousands of streetlights shining bright across the community. OUC crews work diligently to repair or replace broken and burnt-out streetlights — even upgrading many of them to longer-lasting LED fixtures — but it’s often difficult to catch them all.
Streetlights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from traditional poles found in most neighborhoods to decorative acorn-style fixtures you’ll find downtown. The pole number is typically found near the base of the pole on a metal tag.
District 1 Registration

Do you know someone new to District 1 or someone that would like to get our newsletters? Have them check out our new link "New to District 1" on our  Website .
City Hall 2nd Floor Construction Reminder
Access will be restricted  to the 2nd floor entrance of City Hall (entrance from the parking garage bridge/breezeway).

Relocation of offices

The following offices will be moved  to the  9th floor  during construction:
  • Office of City Commissioners
  • City Clerk
  • Public Records
  • Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations
  • Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations

Temporary Council Chambers
City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 will be held in the temporary Council Chambers in the Terrace Gallery on the 1st floor.
District 1 Commissioner Jim Gray | City of Orlando | 407.246.2001 | jim.gray@cityoforlando.net
| http://www.cityoforlando.net/district01/