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Longtime Winter Park Mayor Nick Teverbaugh officially retires from the town

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

To the applause of his fellow council members, town employees and citizens, Nick Teverbaugh officially retired from the Winter Park Town Council at the conclusion of Tuesday morning’s meeting.

Teverbaugh’s retirement from the council ends his 26 years of service to the town of Winter Park. He has been both a town councilman and the town’s mayor since 1982.

“I thought this day would always be in the future, but now it’s here,” Teverbaugh said. “I’d just like to say it’s been a privilege to be a part of this community. Serving on this council has been very rewarding.”

Jim Myers, who was appointed the town’s mayor on April 15 after Teverbaugh announced his intention to retire, commended him for his more than a quarter of a century of service to the town. He said the council was planning a party in Teverbaugh’s honor for September.

All the other council members offered words of praise, including Rusty Thompson who thanked Teverbaugh and told him he “would be missed.” Vince Turner described Teverbaugh as “one of the smartest men I’ve met” who had helped get the town “out of one sticky situation time after time.”

Adding to the praise, Councilman Jimmy Lahrman also commended Teverbaugh, saying that “over the years and the ups and downs of the economy, Nick kept the ship afloat.” He pointed out that Winter Park is “about the only municipality in the state that does not have any debt.”

In response to that remark, Myers jokingly said that he hoped Teverbaugh was not “bailing out at just the right time.” The town of Winter Park has been debt free for the past six years.

Teverbaugh is retiring from the council with about 1-1/2 years still left in his term. To fill that vacancy, the town has been accepting “letters of interest” from town residents who want to be appointed to the position.

Town Clerk Patti Garcia reported that the town has received four “letters of interest” from residents seeking the appointment. The four candidates are: Jonathan Larson, Art Ferrari, Howard Venezia and Katie Riemenschneider.

The council members agreed that interviews with the four candidates will be conducted during their next work session, immediately prior to the regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Once the regular meeting begins, council will vote to select one of the candidates, who will then be sworn in by Garcia.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, Finance Director Shane Cordsen reported that sales tax revenue through the month of May was up 2.35 percent over last year. Through May, the town had collected a total of $2.3 million in sales taxes.

While those sales tax figures are currently higher than last year, Cordsen said he expected revenues to level out for the remainder of 2008 and end up similar to last year’s total income. During 2007, the town of Winter Park took in $4.3 million in sales tax revenue.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Council approved several resolutions pertaining to subdivisions and other town improvements. In addition, approval was given to the town’s special events calendar through mid-September.