Parking aside, Anna Maria commission does business
While some people might argue that discussing the Sept. 25 Anna Maria City Commission meeting aside from the four-hour parking debate (see separate story) might be like asking Mrs. Lincoln how she liked the play, the commission did conduct other business at that meeting.
Commissioners approved the 2003-04 contract with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for police services, but made it subject first to review by City Attorney Jim Dye.
Mayor SueLynn reported that Manatee County is giving the city one of its used chippers and a 15-year-old dump truck.
The mayor also presented a proposal from Wachovia Bank for a line of credit, but noted that the bank wants a $3,000 application fee that is refundable if the bank can't provide the loan.
The bank want's the city's capital improvements plan and repayment plan included in the application, but that's like putting the cart before the horse.
A long-term capital improvements plan has just been completed by the city's Capital Improvements Advisory Committee and commissioners have not yet had the chance to review the document.
The bank's current variable rate on a line of credit (pooled commercial credit loan) is 1.85 percent.
Commissioners will review the capital improvements plan at their Oct. 11 workshop session and the mayor will provide a "ballpark" figure from Wachovia at the workshop on how much the city can borrow.
Commissioners were stumped on approving $5,000 to Ed Barber and Associates to conduct water-quality testing of the city's inland waters.
The commission couldn't decide if the money should be taken from the 2002-03 budget, or the just-adopted 2003-04 budget.
The money was supposed to come from the $232,000 earmarked for capital improvements in the 2003-04 budget, but Commissioner Duke Miller pointed out that testing water quality is not a capital improvement.
A motion to approve the funding was tabled until the mayor could report on the best method of transferring the funds into the new budget.
The mayor said she wanted to reappoint Jim Conoly to the planning and zoning board and also appoint current City Commissioner Chuck Webb to the board when his term as commissioner expires after the November elections.
Commissioners also approved a revised Florida Department of Environmental Protection consent order on the trimming of mangroves on city property near the Roser Memorial Community Church.
The infraction took place in June 2003 and the DEP notes in the new order that the trimming was an accident and no prior offenses by the city had taken place.
The city is required to pay $850 to the DEP and install new mangroves at the location of the accidental trimming.