City Council Meeting filled with awards and proclamations
CLERMONT (May 12, 2022) Clermont City Council had its regular agenda of governmental items to consider at Tuesday’s meeting, but first, two departments, a handful of employees, three students and one K-9 officer were honored.
• May 15-21 was designated as Emergency Medical Services Week to celebrate and appreciate the critical services our Emergency Medical Team delivers to Clermont’s residents and visitors, 24-hours each and every day. Clermont EMS Team responded to nearly 5,000 calls in 2021.
• May was declared Law Enforcement Month to celebrate and appreciate the crucial services provided by our Clermont Police Department to protect and service the entire Clermont Community.
Clermont Police Department:
Clermont Police K-9 Officer Pike, who has worked apprehending suspects in Clermont for more than seven years, was honored as he is retiring. K-9 Pike and his partner, Corporal Jeremy Gustafson, have responded to more than 4,000 calls with 200 deployments in their service to Clermont. K-9 Pike now lives with Corporal Gustafson and notice has been given to the squirrels who live in their neighborhood!
Clermont Police Department 2021 Employee Awards:
• Diana Carter, Civilian of the Year
• Officer of the Year, Officer Brian Rebando
• Supervisor of the Year, Sergeant Melissa France
• Chief’s Achievement Award, Corporal Kris Kruse
• Life Saving Award, Sergeant Marc Thompson and Officers Kam-Wing Chan and Kayla Morales
• Life Saving Award, Officers LaSean Biggs and Billy Lawless
Drop Saver Program Poster Contest Winners:
Council also learned about the Drop Saver Program and helped celebrate the three student winners:
• Alicia Brown, 8th Grade, East Ridge Middle School – Overall winner
• Payton Franklin, 4th Grade, Cypress Ridge Elementary School – grade level winner
• Ashlynn Franklin, 5th Grade, Cypress Ridge Elementary School – grade level winner
The Drop Saver Program was created in 1998 by the American Water Works Association as part of its larger initiative to help educate young people on the importance of conserving and protecting the most valuable natural resource on Earth – water!
For the ninth consecutive year, the City of Clermont invited students from seven Clermont schools to participate and 15 students submitted their work, illustrating what they think water conservation means. Staff was then tasked with selecting the winners – which was not easy! The winners were recognized by the City Council and received a framed copy of their artwork, a T-shirt featuring their artwork and a gift bag. The overall winner’s artwork will be displayed in City Hall.