JENNINGS, Fla. — For the third time in as many months, the Jennings Town Council declared a council seat vacant.
At its April 2 meeting, the council declared the seat previously held by Carmen Jones vacant.
Jones resigned at the March 5 meeting after disagreeing with the way the council appointed Samantha Prueter to fill Joe Lock’s vacant seat.
The council voted unanimously to declare the seat vacant.
According to Town Attorney Thomas Stone, the council has until 10 days after the May 7 meeting to appoint someone to the seat.
If the seat is not filled within the timeline, Stone will have to send a request to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office to fill the seat.
The two people who have shown interest in filling the seat are Linda Cromer and Jerry Pittman.
The council decided to wait until the May meeting before deciding.
At the April meeting, Prueter asked the candidates why they would like to join the council.
“I’ve said it from the beginning that I want to be on it to help the council and help beautify the Town of Jennings,” Pittman said.
Said Cromer: “There needs to be a lot of changes all the way around and somebody has to step up to the plate.”
Duke Energy battery storage
Danny Collins, Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy, presented a proposal for a 5.5 megawatt battery storage in Jennings to the council.
Duke Energy has an agreement with the State of Florida to provide 50 megawatts of battery storage throughout the state.
The company would like to enter an option to purchase contract with the town to purchase a half-acre lot on Oak Street.
The 5.5-megawatt battery facility is proposed to cost roughly $10 million.
Collins said the lithium ion battery storage will help limit the time the town is without power.
He said the battery storage will give the town residents two to four hours of extra power depending on what householders are using.
The board gave the town attorney and Town Manager George Glover permission to negotiate a contract with Duke Energy.
After a nine-month due diligence period to investigate if there are any environmental issues with land, then Duke would have the option to purchase the land.