Daycare gets the OK to open in Clewiston

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board acted on several planning and zoning matters after public hearings at its meeting on Aug. 27:

• Assented to a special exception for 0.34 acres at 712 Georgia Ave., Harlem, to allow the establishment of a child daycare facility by Carol Mixon-Rushing. Commissioner Michael Swindle remarked: “Glad to see it. I know the Rushing family, it’s a good family. They are longtime teachers and in health care. I’m glad to see them opening a business.”

• Approved the rezoning of 238 acres along CR 835, southeast of Clewiston and immediately south of the Weekly Industrial Park, from agricultural to heavy industrial.

• Approved an amendment to a previously OK’d Planned Unit Development that approved mining at Circle C Farms, 765 Mims Road, to add agricultural processing to the list of uses permitted. The PUD was put in place in 2010 for a previous owner; the new owner who purchased the property in 2012 established a slaughterhouse that was not properly permitted. This resulted in code enforcement action that resulted in a court order to follow the process. County Attorney Mark Lapp explained that the amendment was to close the code case and bring the slaughterhouse operation into compliance.

In consent agenda actions, the county board:

• Authorized the chairman to execute a contract with Kissinger Campo & Associates for the design of curve safety improvements on County Road 835, including at the curve where the turnoff for CR 846 is, in an amount not to exceed $305,978. The Florida Department of Transportation is financing the improvements through a Local Agency Program Agreement with Hendry County, and the total cost is set at $1,523,136. Five curves will be improved, but the actual construction work will not start for well over a year. Commissioner Karson Turner asked that the document be posted on the county’s website, anticipating public criticism over the time frame, which he said he would understand because of the conditions of the road and the number of his constituents who must use it daily to commute to jobs.

• Approved a change order in the amount of $56,623, requested by staff, for the contract with Chris-Tel Construction for remediation of the facades of the administrative and judicial wings of the non-historic courthouse building. The purposes are to address unforeseen issues and also improve accesses to the courthouse so they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

• Approved a resolution accepting the reappointment of two members of the Hendry County TDC, Daniel Peregrin and Hillary Hyslope, to renewed terms ending in 2023.

Chris Felker can be reached at cfelker@newszap.com

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