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Date of Issue: January 10, 2008

Bradenton Beach zips through first meeting of year

From trash fees to banner requests, invoice payments to truck repairs - oh, and some new stop signs - Bradenton Beach city commissioners zipped through their first meeting of 2008 in 43 minutes.

No one from the public spoke.

While garbage and recycling bills for the year have traditionally gone out in January, the amount owed was not due until the end of the year on Dec. 31. A new ordinance, with with a public hearing and a final decision scheduled for Jan. 17, requires payment for the bill sent at the beginning of the year to be considered past due after 60 days from receipt of the bill, or April 1, whichever is earlier.

A request for a banner at the Gulf Drive and Cortez Road intersection was approved for the Anna Maria Island Art League for Springfest, scheduled for March 9. Also, banners were approved for the Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes on March 15.

A request from Oma's Restaurant, 201 Gulf Drive N., for a letter of no-objection on expansion of their kitchen from the city to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was approved. The expansion is about 90 square feet, but because the building is seaward of the coastal construction control line, a city notice to DEP and the agency's approval is required.

A new city vehicle for the police department will get a new radio, authorized at a cost of $3,574.

The city's 1999 sanitation truck also got approval for the expense of a new hydraulic system and repairs at a cost of $1,831.

A new trolley stop may also be in the works, as the city approved placement of a concrete pad on private property at the Tortuga Inn and Silver Surf based on the owners' approvals.

Catch basins will also be cleaned, with Williams Testing to do the work on the 29 storm drains at total cost of $1,338.

The invoice for the contracted building official from M.T. Causely of $4,200 for Nov. 19 through Nov. 30 was also approved, as was city attorney Ralf Brookes' invoice of $6,550 for Oct. 10 through Nov. 16. Also, a Manatee County Utilities Customer Service invoice of $25,135 was approved for a variety of water and sewer service improvements to the city pier on Bridge Street. Three new meters were needed to accommodate the new restaurant on the pier.

Mike McCaleb's invoice for architectural services for the Monroe Cottage, a recent city acquisition, was OK'd. His services totaled $2,904. Ricinda Perry, city attorney, also got her past month's invoice of $4,665 to the city approved.

And a new part-time employee for the city's project-program manager department, not to exceed 40 hours per month, was approved by the city commission.

All approvals by commissioners were unanimous.