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Updated: 02/22/2017 08:30:01AM

Resident gives city gets mediocre ‘report card’

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Gloria McCoy (left), with the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation of Bartow, Inc., and who is its chairwoman, accepts a proclamation from Bartow Mayor Trish Pfeiffer recognizing the 17th Annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival. The festival was held the weekend of Feb. 10-13.

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Elmer Dixon (center) accepts a proclamation declaring February as National Black History Month. Joining him are (from left) Commissioner Leo Longworth and Mayor Trish Pfeiffer.

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Family members join Elmer Dixon (holding proclamation) and Mayor Trish Pfeiffer (to the left of Dixon) as the City of Bartow declares February 2017 as National Black History Month.

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The City of Bartow is now adorned with banners such as these on display at the city hall chamber (and others), part of new marketing campaign by The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

By STEVE STEINER

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Every year Gerald J. Cochran provides Bartow City Commissioners, as well as City Manager George Long and City Attorney Sean Parker with his “report card.” It has never been a good report card, but this year was an improvement, at least to some of the commissioners.

“I give them a four this year, mostly for attendance,” Cochran said. But from there numbers declined. Long only merited a two, while Parker did even worse. “He’s gonna be mad at me.” The best Parker could muster this past year was a one. With that, Cochran repeated an oft-cited complaint, that limiting him (and any other person wishing to address the commission) to only three minutes was a violation of his rights.

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