Sunrail is moving right along – here are a few recent links to what’s happening.
Also, thinking about how the rails are used to move both people and freight, here is some news about standards for transporting toxic and flammable loads:
From the article Railroads back retrofitting flammable liquid cars by Josh Funk – The Associated Press:
U.S. railroads are supporting new safety standards for rail cars that haul flammable liquids to address flaws that can allow crude oil, ethanol and other substances to leak during accidents.
The Association of American Railroads said Thursday that railroads support making upgrades to the fleet of 92,000 tank cars that carry flammable liquids. Of those, 14,000 cars are newer cars built to current safety standards.
Additionally, from the article Ala rail line reopens after derailment, oil spill by the Associated Press:
‘A railroad reopened a section of track 10 days after the fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in west Alabama, but state environmental officials said Monday they still don’t know how much oil spilled into surrounding wetlands.While aerial photos taken by an environmentalist show what appeared to be large areas of oil in a marshy area at the wreck site, state regulators said the extent of the spill was difficult to compute. At least 8,000 gallons of oily water have been removed from the scene, authorities said, adding more remains.
A train composed of 90 tank cars carrying crude oil derailed near Aliceville on Nov. 8, catching fire and spilling crude oil.’
The November CALNO meeting was hosted by Seminole State College and held at the Heathrow campus. Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, Seminole State College Executive Vice President, spoke about the expansion of the Altamonte Springs Campus.
This will be a partnership between private and public entities that will expand the campus by 1.5 million square feet, creating a destination for centralized delivery of programs and services and opportunities for local employment. The goal is to create learning that will provide high skill, high wage and high demand jobs for the students.
The scope is to add eight more buildings over 42.5 acres to service 35,000 students, 6,000 vehicles and 1,000 full time employees. The anchor partnerships will be with UCF and SCPS.
Programs will be offered from Associate to Masters degrees in Health Sciences, Modeling & Simulation, Education, Business and Hospitality.
Read about the Master plan here
Read about partnerships here
Did you get the BLAST?
We did! We had a BLAST at the MEET, MIX and MINGLE meeting at the Patio Grill. We greeted new people and welcomed time with friends. We all enjoyed Pizza while we explored our interest and skills. A video presentation informed us about the LEAGUE for 2014. Discussion ensued with ideas on how to achieve the LWV Seminole goals in the coming year.
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What is a League Study?
Studies are part of ‘League Program’ and League Program includes all of the positions the League uses to affect public policy. Program is such an integral part of the League that according to League Basics, “Program is the League’s reason for being.”
Program has three parts:
*selection of an issue
*study of that issue, arriving at consensus and formulating a position, and
*use of that position to influence public policy.
All League of Women Voters of Florida positions are included in the League publication.
As a grassroots organization, we the members decide what issues are timely, we get ourselves informed, and we participate in a consensus meeting. We are provided volumes of factual material from an appointed LWVF committee which consists of members from around the state. Our local open committee of volunteers condenses the material and passes it on to our membership through our VOTER.
At the consensus meeting, a member takes notes of the discussion and the Board sends our thoughts back to LWVF. There a position is formed which all Leagues, speaking with one voice, can use.
Thanks to Ruby Stinson, LWV-Polk
Dear members and friends,
I am always happy to see Thanksgiving approach because this wonderful holiday affords me the opportunity to thank my family and friends. Let me thank my wonderful league team for your support and contributions. I am truly grateful for your time talents and encouragement over these past few months.
Join us Thursday, November 21st for an evening Hot Topics on the Juvenile Justice System. Our guest speakers, Major Scott Ballou and Dr. Erica Pooler will answer question after their presentation. For further information, please go to lwvseminole.org.
I look forward to our annual holiday party. This year we plan to “Celebrating the Season Seminole Style”, December 8th. Check your email for your invitation. We will be collecting non perishable food items to donate to a Seminole County school food bank. I hope you will able to join us.
Yours in League,
LaVonne W. Grayson
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