On November 7th, Tallahassee Reports editor Steve Stewart interviewed Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor on Real Talk 93.3’s Above the Fold. Stewart and Minor discussed current issues that included the Blueprint Northeast Gateway Project and the Children’s Services Council.
After serving as a Leon County Commissioner for about a year, Minor gave his initial impressions of the job.
“I used to work with the Mayor and the City Commissioners, so I don’t really have that many surprises on the County Commission, the work is very similar,” he said. “One thing that’s different though, that surprised me, is the breadth of the issues that we deal with.”
Minor first gave his thoughts on the Northeast Gateway project, which has received significant push-back from the community. He said the next step in the project is analyzing the results of the traffic study, which will be presented at a December meeting.
“Nothing is a done deal,” he said. “I will tell you, in my year on the County Commission, I don’t think there’s been any issue that has received more enthusiastic opinions one way or on one side than any other issue.”
He continued, “We need to listen to what our citizens want and work really hard, do everything we possibly can, to accommodate those requests.”
Stewart and Minor then discussed the proposed Children’s Services Council (CSC). At the upcoming Planning Committee on November 8th, a draft report will list recommendations for the CSC. If approved by voters, the CSC could increase property tax rates, making accountability essential.
Minor emphasized that, if the CSC is established, measurable benchmarks will be important to accountability. He noted that other Florida counties have been successful in measuring their progress through metrics and showing improvement over time.
“I want to make sure we’re held accountable for the use of any CSC money,” he said. “I want to make sure that the money spent is actually going to make a real difference for our kids.”
On Above the Fold, Stewart and Minor also discussed the new County Attorney, the controversy surrounding Hustle Hollywood on North Monroe, and the Third Act Program that Minor has been working on.
Above the Fold runs on Real Talk 93.3 FM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. until noon.