Four Residents Apply for Utility Board Opening

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 30, 2007 – Four Kissimmee residents have submitted applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board of directors of the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA). The deadline for completed applications was April 27.

The outgoing director, Domingo Toro, has served two terms and is not eligible for re-nomination.

The applicants include:

– William F. Brouillard, Jr., 1214 Cherokee Court, is a value engineering and contracts manager for URS Corporation in Bartow. He holds a degree from American International College and is a certified cost consultant and a certified value specialist. He is a 24-year resident of Kissimmee.

– Joseph L. Colon, 1610 Sanibel Drive, is a retired consumer litigation executive. He holds a degree from Pace University in New York, NY and is a four-year resident of Kissimmee. Colon is a graduate of the Kissimmee School of Government and currently serves as president of the Florida Palms Homeowner’s Association.

– Reginald L. Hardee, 2504 Maui Circle, is an information technology district manager for the state of Florida. He attended the University of Florida and is a 10-year resident of Osceola County. Hardee is active in Kissimmee Masonic Lodge #68 and the Bethel AME Church.

– W. B. “Bob” Makinson, III, 901 Neptune Road, is owner of Bob Makinson Realty & Associates and Cruises Yes travel agency. He is a former Kissimmee mayor and city commissioner. Makinson holds a diploma from the Georgia Military Academy and is a lifelong resident of Osceola County.

The KUA board will interview the four applicants at a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. on May 16. The board will then select one applicant whose name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission for final confirmation on May 29. The candidate confirmed by the city commission will be sworn in at the board’s October meeting.

Founded in 1901, KUA ( is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836