Freeport City Council hears proposal for community garden, update on insurance rates [PREMIUM]

TRAVIS DIGGES spoke to the Freeport City Council on the possibility of a community garden.


The Freeport City Council held its regular meeting on Aug. 25, 2022, at the Freeport City Hall.

The council agreed on a pump from KSB for $10,936.10 with a 5-year warranty. 

Travis Digges, Parks & Recreation Director, requested the council consider providing a community garden. A homeschool group and the county health department had presented the idea. The council agreed to begin with 3 raised beds, 3’ x 6’ x 3’, located next to the city hall. They agreed to set rules but to see how it goes. 

The council agreed to replace 42 lights in the library with LED lighting. City Electric Supply would supply them, and the cost would be $2950.08. The county would provide the labor to install them. 

Discussion of the broadband tower attaching to a water tower was tabled to the next meeting because Larry Tuggle, Water Supervisor, was not present. 

Agreement was made to purchase a 2022 Chevrolet Equinox from Triangle Chevrolet for $29,796.50 for City manager Mark Martin to use. Triangle Chevrolet gave the best price of the dealerships they queried.

Finance Officer Sara Bowers stated that the employee health insurance cost went up 8.6%, and the Florida League of Cities Florida Municipal Insurance Trust increased this year $31,413. 

The Final Plat Approval of Verandas was approved.

The South Walton High School Swim Contract was approved.