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Nearly 300 people turned out for a special hearing where the Seminole City Council made the final decisions regarding the contract between the firefighters' union and the city. At the special hearing, the council sided with the city’s negotiating team on one of the major issues — wages. Councilors approved the city’s proposal for a 5 percent increase on base wages effective that evening. They did not discuss a wage progression plan or slotting system, which the firefighters supported.

City councilors appointed Sharon Spohn to replace Bob Castles on Seminole’s Charter Review Committee at its Feb. 26 meeting. She joins Patricia Couglin, John Counts, Trish Haynes, Berny Jacques, Rose Mary Mills and Ann Pici on the committee, which is appointed every five years to review the city’s charter.

Castles, who has previously sat on the committee, resigned after Mayor Leslie Waters and Councilor Chris Burke expressed concern about several individuals nominated at the Feb. 12 council meeting.

The Seminole City Council appointed seven citizens to its Charter Review Committee in a 5 to 2 vote at its Feb. 12 meeting.

Mayor Leslie Waters and Councilor Chris Burke cast the votes against the slate of committee members appointed.

Those appointed were Robert Castles, Patricia Couglin, John Counts, Trish Haynes, Berny Jacques, Rose Mary Mills and Ann Pici. Alternates selected are Earl Bowers, Rick Griesheimer and Sharon Spohn.

Days after the appointments were made, though, Castles emailed the council to resign, said Councilor Roger Edelman.

During the investigation of a complaint that a city fire truck was parked at a Sept. 16 campaign fundraiser for Seminole City Council candidate Kelly Wissing at Lake Seminole Park, City Manager Ann Toney-Deal reached out to Councilor Chris Burke for assistance.