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Montverde Mayor Joe Wynkoop is pictured in front of Montverde Town Hall on Thursday, October 31, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)
Montverde Mayor Joe Wynkoop is pictured in front of Montverde Town Hall on Thursday, October 31, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel) (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

MONTVERDE — This quiet little town soon will have what a lot of other Lake County cities have — a professional manager running things.

A ballot measure to switch to a town manager form of government passed Tuesday by a margin of 57% in favor to 43% opposed. The vote means Montverde, population 1,878, will become the smallest city in Central Florida with a professional manager.

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“The town manager government is going to take Montverde forward in a very positive way,” Mayor Joe Wynkoop said Thursday. “I did talk to a lot of people, so I thought our voters were educated and understood what needed to be done.”

The town manager referendum was the only thing on the Montverde ballot. Voters also went to the polls in Clermont, Mascotte, Minneola, Mount Dora and Tavares to elect council members.

Overall turnout was 15% but was lower in Montverde — 12%. A total of 84 residents backed the change and 63 opposed it.

Once the transition is complete, only Astatula and Howey-in-the-Hills among Lake County’s 14 cities will operate without a trained manager.

Currently, Montverde’s mayor serves as town administrator, but there’s no requirement the person be versed in local government operations.

Montverde Town Hall is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.
Montverde Town Hall is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Wynkoop’s been handling that role for his four years as mayor. He was reelected without opposition and will remain as mayor with a different role.

Now, the mayor is a nonvoting member who serves with five voting Town Council members.

With the change, the mayor will be a voting member along with four other council members, who will be the town manager’s bosses.

Under the new setup, the mayor will preside over meetings and represent the town at area government meetings “but shall have no administrative duties,” according to the newly approved charter.

Wynkoop, 61, said he isn’t worried about losing some of his authority.

“I’ll still be 20% of the vote,” he said.

He said the council will pick a company to help with the selection of a manager. He said he thought a manager would be on board during the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

One thing that won’t change is the way Town Council members are nominated: the nearly 100-year tradition of doing it in a caucus. The caucus is held before a council meeting in August. Candidates must be nominated by a fellow resident at the caucus.

“It wasn’t even discussed,” the mayor said. “The only thing we were trying to get voted on was the town manager government.”

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Here’s a rundown of other elective races:

Clermont: Jim Purvis (61%) defeated Joe Gustafson (39%) for Seat 2. The seat was held for 15 years by the late Ray Goodgame. Seat 4 incumbent Heidi Brishke (57%) defeated Ebo Entsuah (43%).

Mascotte: Mike Sykes (59%) defeated incumbent Mayor Barbara Krull (41%).

Minneola: Seat 5 incumbent Joseph Saunders (65%) defeated Paul Giacalone (35%).

Mount Dora: Cathy Hoechst (59%) defeated incumbent Mayor Nick Girone (41%).

Tavares: Incumbent Mayor Troy Singer (50.13%) won Seat 4 in a squeaker over Walter Price (49.87%). A mandatory recount in the race is set for Friday because of the narrow margin. Lou Buigas (33%) won the Seat 2 race over Robert Wolfe (29%), James Sweezea (20%) and David Boylston (18%).

In addition, Tavares voters defeated a proposed bond issue to fund a $27 million performing arts center with a vote of 87% against and 13% in favor.

In Clermont, voters approved two charter amendments.

One will impose term limits for City Council members. Passed with 89% support, it’ll limit council members to four consecutive two-year terms.

The second amendment passed with 93% of the vote and will require candidates to have been a resident for 18 months before ballot qualifying.

Also on the ballot in Mount Dora, voters passed seven charter amendments.

Among them was one that keeps the number of City Council seats at seven but increases the number of single-member districts from four to five and lowers the number of at-large seats from two to one, along with the mayor continuing to be elected at large.

It passed with 59% support.

Another one approved, with 68% of the vote, eliminates the possibility of runoff elections in races with multiple candidates between the top two vote-getters if no one received a majority of the vote.

In such races in the future the candidate with the most votes will be the winner.

The rest were largely housekeeping measures.

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