Scott Maddox

Scott Maddox Candidate for re-election to the Tallahassee City Commission, Seat 1

Scott Maddox’s roots in Tallahassee and his devotion to serving its people run deep. As the son of a police officer and a special education teacher, Scott Maddox learned at an early age what it meant to stand up for those who have no advocate. Following his graduation from Leon High School in Tallahassee, a youthful Scott began to actively work for the benefit of others. Elected as the youngest Jaycees president in the country, Scott spent much of his youth working to improve his community. It was also during this period that he and his college sweetheart, Sha, became active in the Big Brother Big Sister Program. Little did Scott know that falling in love with the former Miss Georgia Cattleman would result in him spending much of the next 22 years helping on her family farm. Scott earned a Bachelors of Science degree in political science and public administration from Florida State University and then graduated from Florida State College of Law, where he served as a member of an award-winning Moot Court team. While still in law school in 1993, at the age of 24, he was elected as the youngest city commissioner in Tallahassee’s history. A year later, his fellow commissioners elected him mayor pro-tempore. In 1995, they chose him as the city’s mayor. In 1996, the citizens of Tallahassee passed a referendum calling for a new “leadership” mayor elected directly by residents to serve a four-year term. That first elected mayor – Scott Maddox. As the leader of Florida’s capital city, he took bold leadership steps: - Scott Maddox unveiled the Mayor’s Initiative on Race Relations. - Scott Maddox started the first ever Mayor’s Interdenominational Prayer Breakfast. - Scott Maddox helped attract three new air carriers to Tallahassee Regional Airport. - Scott Maddox brought a Challenger Learning Center/IMAX theater to downtown Tallahassee. - Scott Maddox acquired environmentally sensitive land, overseeing a large expansion of the city’s parks, greenways and trails, and leading Tallahassee to win the coveted All America City award. In 1999, Scott served as president of the Florida League of Cities, elected to that post by mayors, city commissioners and city council members from around the state. In that capacity, he became one of the municipalities’ chief advocates on state and federal levels. Also, as mayor, Scott advocated on the federal level on behalf of the American Public Power Association, engaging in public testimony before key committees.

Tallahassee Democrat
08/26/2018
Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee Democrat

"Public power utilities serve about 25 percent of Florida’s population, and data show that municipal utilities have, on average, faster response times than private utility companies," Rob McGarrah writes.

03/19/2018

Crews have restored power to roughly 4,400 customers near Clay, Basin, most of W Tennessee, Dixie, White, Ocala, N Woodward, W Call, W Brevard, portions of Old Bainbridge, Gibbs and W 4th. They're continuing to work to reach full restoration.

03/19/2018

Due to the severe storms we have had power outages all over the city. We now have a substation back online which has led to the power being restored for most of the affected areas. Please let me know if your power goes out and you have trouble reporting it at www.talgov.com/outage. We have emergency crews on standby since more bad weather is expected.

02/15/2018
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Tallahassee International Airport

Retweeted City of Tallahassee (@COTNews):

Passengers on this morning's flight from @iFlyTallahassee to @Reagan_Airport love the new, direct service. Starting today, @AmericanAir will provide daily, nonstop flights between Florida's capital and the nation's capital. Book your direct flight now. #DCAtoTallahassee https://t.co/8dVjinueql

01/08/2018
City Rewind - Week of Jan. 1 2018

Want to get a quick recap of what happened at City of Tallahassee, FL - Government? Well, let's rewind...

Stay up to speed with City Rewind. This week, we're highlighting: ☀️ #TallahasseeSolar (it’s up & running!)‬ ‪❄️ #TLHWinterStorm (how fun was that?!)‬ ‪🗣 Spe...

As a proponent for solar energy long before any other local leadership, my commitment to renewable energy and sustainabi...
10/26/2017
Tallahassee commissioners ask staff for plan to reduce carbon footprint

As a proponent for solar energy long before any other local leadership, my commitment to renewable energy and sustainability led me to make the motion that staff bring back a process for a community wide plan to reach the 2035 100% renewable energy goals. This plan should have clear benchmarks, measurements and a forecast for how to get there. I’m grateful to all the citizens working diligently on this issue and who fought so hard to bring it to the commission’s attention. I look forward to the work ahead of us!

The Tallahassee City Commission directed staff to come up with plan to go 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

As a proponent for solar energy for many years, my commitment to renewable energy and sustainability led me to make the ...
10/26/2017
Tallahassee commissioners ask staff for plan to reduce carbon footprint

As a proponent for solar energy for many years, my commitment to renewable energy and sustainability led me to make the motion that staff bring back a process for a community wide plan to reach the 2035 100% renewable energy goals. This plan should have clear benchmarks, measurements and a forecast for how to get there. I’m grateful to all the citizens working diligently on this issue and who fought so hard to bring it to the commission’s attention. I look forward to the work ahead of us!

The Tallahassee City Commission directed staff to come up with plan to go 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

10/11/2017

Just heard that Mayor James Ford passed away. Mayor Ford was a trailblazer, and was generous with his time providing me counsel and friendship over the years. He was a great Tallahasseean and will be sorely missed.

Talgov Update: In anticipation of severe weather impacts to Tallahassee in the coming days, the City is expediting compl...
10/05/2017
City Expedites Electric Utility Line Upgrades in Advance of Storm | News | Talgov.com

Talgov Update: In anticipation of severe weather impacts to Tallahassee in the coming days, the City is expediting completion of utility work that includes upgrading a transmission line that crosses Thomasville Rd. north of I-10. Motorists traveling northbound on Thomasville Rd. should anticipate traffic delays during morning commutes on Thursday and Friday. Additional details at www.talgov.com/main/news/3936.aspx

Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533

The City of Tallahassee is monitoring the weather system expected to develop into Tropical Storm Nate. Experts forecast ...
10/04/2017
Talgov.com | The Official Website of the City of Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee is monitoring the weather system expected to develop into Tropical Storm Nate. Experts forecast Tallahassee to be in the area of impact with severe weather currently expected to arrive late Saturday night or early Sunday. As City crews prepare for potential impacts to our community, we encourage you, your family and neighbors to get ready now. Stay up-to-date at Talgov.com

What the Tallahassee / Leon County of tomorrow looks like is driven by the ideas of today as set forth in the Comprehensive Plan. This plan is intended to guide economic, social, physical, environmental and fiscal development of the community over the next 20 years. To ensure a unified vision, the C...

09/28/2017
The Maddox Report - Sept 2017

What a Month!
We weathered Irma without major injury. Your Utilities restored everyone's power in record time then turned our crews around and back out to other parts of the state to help hurricane victims. Since then we've passed the BluePrint, Community Redevelopment Agency and City of Tallahassee budget for 2017/2018 and tackled other issues such as development around Cascades Park.

In 1999, I had the great honor of adopting St. Maarten/St. Martin as Tallahassee's Sister City. Today our sister city is in dire need of necessities as they recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Reports indicate that more than 85 percent of homes have been destroyed and essential e...

09/27/2017

Tallahassee residents know I’ve been steadfast in my refusal to vote for a tax increase and this year is no exception. Though a raise in property values may slightly adjust property owners’ tax bill, the City of Tallahassee budget that I was proud to vote on tonight does not raise the millage rate. In fact, it reflects my request to look at bringing certain tasks in house, which will in turn equal a cumulative recurring savings of $900,000, and implements other innovative cost saving strategies.

09/15/2017

Update Hurricane Irma Debris Clean-Up - Friday through Sunday

Cut & Toss
· All debris on the right of way during cut and toss has been picked up.

Waste Management (Red Week Collection)
· Crews are servicing yard waste and bulk items set out by customers continues on schedule through Sunday.

Community Beautification
· A skeletal tree removing crew will be available to handle unexpected calls.
· Street sweepers will continue sweeping main roads.

Waste Pro
· All residential garbage/recycle services continues on schedule through Sunday.
· Waste Pro will pick up all extra bags of garbage/recycle set out for disposal.

09/13/2017

Sometimes we do things right but they are lost in the weeds. At a budget workshop earlier this year, I asked the City Manager to look at ways to bring certain tasks in house for this upcoming budget. His team identified areas that would equal a cumulative recurring savings of $900,000. I look forward to voting for a budget that uses innovative thinking to also save taxpayers money.

09/13/2017

Update: Waverly is back in power. We don’t have any outages left that are over 100 customers. We do have 257 customers served by Talquin.

09/13/2017

Here is an update on where we are on Electric restoration. Since the last report:

Yesterday, crews completed restoration and energizing of all major circuits.
Work continued on restoring individual (fuse blown, etc.) outages through the service area.
Just over 1000 outages remain. Among these, about 250 are City Electric customer who are on Talquin Electric lines. Talquin is working these outages, but the City cannot control the restoration process.
Mutual aid personnel continue to work alongside City crews on remaining customer outages
We believe that we will be able to release the Mutual Aid crews, and a complement of City crews, tomorrow morning to go assist other electric systems south of here.
We will be working with the FMEA to determine which systems will receive our assistance.
100% of traffic signals are running in normal operation!

Circuit restoration summary:
ALL circuits have been restored!

Other System Information:
Transmission lines impacted: ALL transmission is IN SERVICE. (Tie #4 to DEF Crawfordville was restored to service at 10:52pm Monday night.)
Power plant status:
Purdom plant – all units are OFF line. PP8 is available and expected to be called on-line for load on Friday.
Hopkins Plant – HP1 and HP2 ON line, CTs 3&4 standby.
Corn hydro – off line
System operations: no issues with power generation
Traffic:
# Traffic lights operational status: 354/354 normal (100%)
Critical intersections: 39 normal (100%, and all running on utility grid power)

Solid Waste Services Resume Today Solid waste pick up for residential customers, including bulk items (red week), will r...
09/13/2017
Talgov.com | The Official Website of the City of Tallahassee

Solid Waste Services Resume Today

Solid waste pick up for residential customers, including bulk items (red week), will resume tomorrow. Collection will shift two days (Monday pick up will be on Wednesday, etc.).

All debris for collection should be placed curbside between the sidewalk or property line and the curb. Debris should be separated at the curb into the following categories: vegetative, storm-related construction and demolition debris, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste. Visit Talgov.com for more information.

Solid waste pick up for residential & commercial customers will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Collection will shift two days (Monday pick up will be on Wednesday, etc.). Sweeps will begin for storm debris communitywide tomorrow, Sept. 12.

Still without power? I know the crews are on it!  Meanwhile, check out the comfort stations and water/ice distribution s...
09/12/2017
StarMetro | StarMetro

Still without power? I know the crews are on it! Meanwhile, check out the comfort stations and water/ice distribution set up by the city as well as other needed info:
To assist citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma, the City will open the following comfort stations beginning tomorrow, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m. to allow residents a place to cool off and recharge while enjoying a variety of family friendly activities.
• Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe Street
• Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Road
• Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street
• Lawrence Gregory Community Center, 1115 Dade Street
• Jake Gaither Community Center, 801 Bragg Drive

In addition, Leon County will open a comfort station at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library, 200 W. Park Avenue, that will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For citizens in need of water, bottled water will be available at the following Tallahassee Fire Stations:
· Station 1, 327 N. Adams Street
· Station 2, 2805 Sharer Road
· Station 3, 3005 S. Monroe Street
· Station 4, 2899 W. Pensacola Street
· Station 9, 3209 Thomasville Road

Solid waste pick up for residential & commercial customers will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Collection will shift two days (Monday pick up will be on Wednesday, etc.). Sweeps will begin for storm debris communitywide tomorrow, Sept. 12.

Commercial flights at Tallahassee International Airport will resume tomorrow, Sept. 12. Travelers are encouraged to still check the status of their flight with their air carrier.

StarMetro fixed route bus service will resume its regular schedule tomorrow, Sept. 12. Since Florida State University is closed, the Seminole Express will not operate. Visit Talgov.com/StarMetro for route information.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, City of Tallahassee administrative offices will remain closed as planned. They will re-open on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The City Commission meeting and budget public hearing will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, in the Commission Chambers, second floor, City Hall, 300 S. Adams Street.

Updates about our community’s response and recovery to Hurricane Irma will be posted on Talgov.com.

Welcome to the Rider Alerts page. Any temporary or permanent updates to routes, bus stops, holidays, C.K. Steele Plaza Gates, etc. will all be found here. Any bus stops where construction is going on will not be active. If you have questions please call StarMetro Customer Service at 891.5200.

09/12/2017

Early morn update: The electric crews made amazing progress overnight. We are under 5,000 customers out of power but the number of incidents stands at just under 1,500 incidents. We have everyone ready to go this morning and they are eager to get it done.

Leon County Update: For Monday, September 11Hurricane Irma has now become Tropical Storm Irma with sustained winds of 30...
09/11/2017
Leon County, FL (@LeonCounty) | Twitter

Leon County Update:
For Monday, September 11

Hurricane Irma has now become Tropical Storm Irma with sustained winds of 30 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Important Updates

Countywide curfew remains in effect to protect the safety of residents and property. The curfew requires all Leon County residents and visitors to remain indoors during:

Monday, September 11 from 9 p.m. to Tuesday, September 12 at 7 a.m.
Tuesday, September 12 from 9 p.m. to Wednesday, September 13 at 7 a.m.
Shelter Information:
Approximately 3,000 residents and visitors sheltered in 11 locations Sunday night.
The following shelters remain open for anyone who may need to shelter:
Chiles High School (pet-accessible)
Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4530 Shelfer Road
Canopy Oaks Elementary School, 3250 Point View Drive
Rickards High School, 3013 Jim Lee Road (pet-accessible)
Lincoln High School
SAIL High School
Woodville Elementary
Leon High School
Ft. Braden Elementary School
Nims Middle School
Florida High School (special needs only, pet-accessible)
If you seek shelter today, be safe. Don’t drive on flooded roads.
Power Outages
Electric crews will begin restoring services as soon as it is safely possible following the storm.
Mutual aid assistance has arrived and more is on the way today and tomorrow to assist.
City of Tallahassee Utilities
To report an outage, visit Talgov.com/Outage
You can also download the DigiTally app.
To view the outage map, visit http://outagemap.talgov.com/
Talquin Electric
To report an outage, visit https://my.talquinelectric.com/outages/report/ or call 1-866-899-4832 (Automated) or 1-888-802-1832 (Live Operator).
You can also text #OUTAGE to 85700
To view the outage map, visit: https://my.talquinelectric.com/outages/maps/
Duke Energey
To report an outage, visit www.duke-energy.com/outages
To view an outage map, visit: https://www.duke-energy.com/outages/current-outages
Road Closures
Crews will be working immediately following the storm to clear roads throughout the County due to downed trees
To access a complete list of road closures, visit http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/ei/road.asp
Debris removal contractors arrive today to assist with cut and toss.
Solid Waste Services
Trash pick-up for Leon County and the City of Tallahassee will not occur on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. Further service changes will be announced in the future.
The Marpan Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, September 11 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 12, subject to storm event conditions.
The Apalachee Rural Waste Service Center (RWSC) will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 for RWSC users. All other RWSC locations will remain open according to their normal operation schedule.
The Leon County Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.
Distribution Centers:
Leon County is making preparations to open Rural Distribution Centers, should demand warrant and as conditions allow, following the storm.
These distribution centers will provide the basic necessities including water.
Although distribution centers will be opened, families should still plan to have 3-5 days of essential supplies on hand.
Comfort Stations:
After Hurricane Irma has passed and it has been determined that the roadways are safe and power is available, the Leon County Main Library downtown (200 West Park Avenue) is being prepared, should demand warrant, to open a comfort station.
In coordination with local area agencies, the comfort station will offer a place to cool off, assistance and information on storm recovery efforts, charging stations for electronic devices, light snacks and refreshments, public access to computers and Wi-Fi, and more.
The City of Tallahassee is prepared to open similar comfort stations, which will be listed on the County’s Emergency Information Portal (LeonCountyFL.gov/ei) and the City’s website (www.talgov.com/Irma).
Community Recovery Center (CRC)
We are preparing to establish a Community Recovery Center at the Main Library Comfort station if needed following the storm.
The CRC will assist citizens with questions and information regarding the recovery process such as resources and assistance available to those affected.
Current closures:
Leon County offices, parks and libraries will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.
State of Florida offices to close through Tuesday, September 12.
Leon County Schools will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.
Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College will be closed through Friday, September 15.
The Tallahassee Veterans Affairs Health Care Center closed on Monday, September 11.
Safety Tips

High winds are expected throughout the next couple days and citizens are encouraged to shelter in place. Below are safety tips to consider as we respond and recover:

Generator Use
Use generators outdoors and away from windows and doors to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide, a deadly, colorless, odorless gas. Never operate a generator indoors.
Make sure the generator is cool when refilling the fuel tank. Store flammable fuel away from fuel burning appliances.
Remember that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.
Shelter in Place
Do not burn candles.
Fill tubs and containers with water.
Remain indoors until it is declared safe to travel.
Stay Informed

Download the Leon County Citizens Connect mobile application - Be the first to know about shelter locations, road closures and service changes by downloading the application on the Apple and Google Play stores.
Visit the Leon County Emergency Information Portal - Hosting the same information as the Citizens Connect app, the Emergency Information Portal can be accessed on a desktop or a mobile browser by visiting www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI .
Listen to 88.9 WFSU-FM - Citizens can tune in to 88.9 FM for the most up-to-date information from local public safety officials. Featuring to-the-minute reporting, WFSU, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee remain committed to getting information out on the radio as soon as possible.
Call Big Bend 2-1-1 - If you need community information, services and support any day of the year, Big Bend 2-1-1 is reachable by dialing either 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333.
Call (850) 606-3700 with questions - Leon County Emergency Management staff is available to answer questions from what you should prepare, act and recover.
For updates on City of Tallahassee Utilities and other City services, visit Talgov.com .
Insurance Helpline - The Florida Department of Financial Services offers a toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline to assist Florida's insurance consumers. Insurance Specialists are available to answer questions or concerns regarding insurance coverage and advocate on a consumer's behalf to resolve a dispute with an insurance company. To receive assistance, call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) toll-free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price Gouging - During a state of emergency, it is unlawful to sell or lease certain commodities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price. To report price gouging, call 1-866-966-7226.
The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering training this week for citizens interested in volunteering during shelter activation. Learn more by calling 878-6080. Volunteer applications are available at RedCross.org.

For current information about local response and recovery, please follow or Twitter.com/LeonCounty .

The latest Tweets from Leon County, FL (@LeonCounty): "Thanks to our great partners @floridastate, @SeminoleDining, @sodexoUSA, for their donation of 3,000 sandwiches for @TallyRedCross shelters. https://t.co/QDvWbwYdQ7"

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