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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.

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.

City residents have less than a week to cast their vote for state, county and city leaders. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, while early voting is an option through Sunday, Nov. 4. At the city level, five candidates are running for two Seminole City Council seats that are up for grabs.