At the Quincy City Commission meeting on January 28, commissioners approved the site of a new Tallahassee Community College campus.
TCC had approached the commission in July 2013, requesting to build a campus on Ward’s Lot, adjacent to Quincy’s City Hall. In response, the commission expressed their gratitude for TCC’s intentions but encouraged TCC staff to find a more suitable location.
David Wildes, a TCC representative, approached the commission on January 28 in order to report on its selection of a vacant lot on Pat Thomas Parkway.
This property, next to the Workforce Plus building, is approximately 1.5 acres.
According to Wildes, the campus could be built in as few as 12 months.
Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Edwards made a motion to donate this City of Quincy property to TCC, and the commission unanimously approved this motion.
The commission also passed two resolutions during the meeting.
They approved the request to temporarily close several roads on February 22 for the Black Heritage Parade.
The commission also passed a resolution to adjust water and sewer rates in order to satisfy the principal and interest due on loans from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The city accrued outstanding costs for the construction of its “Quincy Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Dewatering Facility” in 2013. In order to pay the outstanding $267,615 due to the contractor, the city was advised to adjust water and sewer rates so that FDEP would close on a loan that would cover
City Manager Jack McLean told the commission that the rates would go up by approximately $1.92 for water and $5.53 for sewer.
After commissioners expressed their hesitation about raising the rates of their constituents, city lawyer Jerry Miller urged them to vote objectively. He stated that this was a responsibility that needed to be met.
“I support it if it’s necessary, but I don’t like it,” said Commissioner Micah Brown.
The resolution passed 4-1 with Commissioner Derrick Elias dissenting.