Crestview council mulls attending Florida League of Cities conference

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Hub City may have representation at this year’s Florida League of Cities annual conference, despite council members’ absence from last year’s event.

City leaders decided not to attend the 2012 conference due to budgeting concerns, but council president Robyn Helt said the Aug. 15-17 Orlando event is too important to miss.

"I feel that (league conferences) are a very vital part of city representation ... municipal leaders have opportunities to meet with vendors and service providers and learn about different issues affecting municipalities," she said.

Helt said she has shared energy-saving and cost-cutting tips with Public Services director Wayne Steele following past conferences.

Councilman Shannon Hayes said he would like to learn other cities’ tips from the conference, but raised concerns about funding. Council members Mickey Rytman and Joe Blocker shared his concerns.

City clerk Betsy Roy offered to present the council with a listing of travel approximation, hotel costs and registration fees during the council’s July 8 meeting,6 p.m. at city hall.

If city leaders attend the conference, Helt said the council should consider taxpayers when traveling.

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