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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Town of Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark issues proclamation in honor of Glenn Burns

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At the June 11, 2019 Town of Oakland Commission Meeting, Mayor
Kathy Stark issued the following proclamation in honor of Glenn Burns:

"WHEREAS, Glenn Burns was born in Clermont, Florida on January 3, 1956; and

WHEREAS, few people know the extent of contributions Glenn Burns made to Oakland and the neighboring communities, because he was content to stay in the shadows and let others shine; and 

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns had a passion for history, the environment, and felt the need to protect quality of life. He accomplished a great deal with these characteristics and his abilities as a grant writer, map maker, and planner.

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns wrote the application for Oakland Avenue to become a State designated Scenic Byway as an extension of the Green Mountain Byway, which now runs from Winter Garden to Mount Dora; and

WHEREAS, as part of the application process, Glenn Burns put together a group of lifetime Oakland residents and documented the history of the Town through their stories and family papers; and

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns worked on ways to protect the history and integrity of the Historical African American Cemetery; and

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns served on the board of the Friends of Lake Apopka (FOLA), which led to the establishment and restoration of the Oakland Nature Preserve; and

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns led efforts with multiple agencies to help secure the bike trail across the north shore of Lake Apopka and create the wildlife drive. He worked with Lake County and Green Mountain Scenic Byway (GMSB) on a grant application to secure funding for the Lake Apopka Scenic Overlook in Ferndale; and

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns served as a Council Member in Montverde, but his passion for the area went well beyond the town's boundaries; and

WHEREAS, Glenn Burns was recognized by the Florida Department of Transportation in 2017 with the Garry Balogh Inspiring Excellence Award. He accepted the Award at the Oakland Nature Preserve with thirty close friends and relatives. He is described by many as the Green Mountain's greatest champion; and

WHEREAS, on May 11, 2019, Glenn Burns passed away after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathy Stark, Mayor of the Town of Oakland, do hereby proclaim June 11, 2019, as

GLENN BURNS DAY in the Town of Oakland, Florida. He contributed to the quality of life in our community in ways that will make a difference for generations to come."

The signed proclamation was presented to Glenn's wife Colleen who was in attendance at the meeting.
Town Commission with Mrs. Burns

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