Brooksville City Council members honored volunteers during their Monday night meeting, taking up the first hour to thank them for their contributions.
“Volunteers are our lifeblood,” Mayor Lara Bradburn said, explaining the city’s 107 volunteers from April 2012 through April 2013, if paid minimum wage, would have cost the city about $47,000.
“We on this council do not take (this) lightly,” Bradburn said.
The council also named April 21 through 27 “National Volunteer Week” with a proclamation.
Scott Renz was awarded a five-year certificate for volunteering with the Beautification Board and then given the Brooksville Spirit Award later in the evening.
“This is one wonderful town,” Renz said. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the country, I’m not moving, I’m not leaving, you’ll have to bury me on my property,” Renz joked.
Michael Heard was named volunteer of the year for her more than 3,000 hours of service, many of which helped take the Florida Blueberry Festival from an idea to a reality.
“Last year, 50,000 people came to our city because this woman had a vision … your mark on history has been made, but we expect many more marks,” Bradburn said.
“This isn’t a job, this is family. Brooksville is my home, and thank you for letting me be a part of it,” Heard said.
The council invited Brooksvillians to participate in a city-wide clean up on Saturday. Volunteers should meet in the Brooksville Cemetery at 8:30 a.m.