No resolutions for the new year by commissioners

Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 12:09 a.m.
It seems the current crop of Alachua County and Gainesville city commissioners are not much on making New Year's resolutions, but some of them did get neat Christmas presents.
No grand goals of being more understanding of opposing views or less argumentative are being pledged this year. Not even any personal goals to lose pounds.
"I'm not going to even waste my time. I'm not going to do it," County Commission Chairwoman Cynthia Chestnut said about resolutions.
"I don't have any. I'm sorry. Nope," Vice Chairman Lee Pinkoson said.
Maybe some of them were so into their Christmas presents that they hadn't had time to think about resolutions.
Gainesville City Commissioner Ed Braddy, one of the more vocal members of the panel, got some DVDs, audio equipment and books.
"I got reading materials, watching materials and listening materials," Braddy said. "Nothing that helps me talk - no microphone, no karaoke set, nothing to amplify my voice. Maybe there's a message there - I should read, listen and hear."
  • Smoother skating: Unlike last year, no bones have been broken on the portable ice skating rink in downtown Gainesville. The bad news? Not as many people are lacing on the blades as last year.
    Laural DeWild, events coordinator the Gainesville's Cultural Affairs Department, said the surface of the rink is smoother and icier than last year with none of the bumps or pooling water that resulted in a few osteo-crunching spills.
    "The rink is far superior this year. We have mastered some of our difficulties and made vast improvements. There are better skates. We've had very few accidents and no broken bones - nothing like last year," DeWild said. "The numbers aren't exactly what they were last year. It's still busy, but last year we had such tremendous turnout.. My theory is that it was a novelty last year. What made our business was the college students. We were inundated with college students. This year, we weren't."
    The rink will be open two weeks later this year, so attendance may even out, DeWild said.
  • Courting awards: The new Alachua County Criminal Justice Center on S. Main Street continues to win awards for its design.
    The courthouse was named the "Best Public Project in Florida" by McGraw Hill Construction, a publisher of several national building journals.
    Alachua County Facilities Manager Charlie Jackson accepted the award on behalf of the county at a recent luncheon in Orlando.
    The building had earlier earned the "Design Merit" award by the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  • Polite swearing: Alachua County's constitutional officers will be sworn in Tuesday at the Civil Courthouse in Gainesville.
    The only newcomer in the bunch will be Elections Supervisor Pam Carpenter, who is not exactly a rookie - she has worked in the office for about 12 years.
    Sheriff Steve Oelrich was the only other constitutional officer to have opposition this year. He defeated challenge Bill Davis in November. Clerk of the Court Buddy Irby, Property Appraiser Ed Crapo and Tax Collector Von Fraser all got new terms without opposition.
    Despite her long tenure in the elections office, Carpenter admitted to some nerves about taking over.
    "When the buck stops with you, it's a transition," she said. "But I'm really looking forward to it."
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