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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Committee proposes right-of-way use permit fee

Anna Maria's capital improvements advisory committee is proposing that the city commission study the idea of a right-of-way use permit and accompanying fee for developers and utility companies.

The fee would apply when a developer, builder, homeowner or company plans work that will involve use of or damage to the right of way. Fees would range from $50 to $750 depending upon the work performed.

Applicants for the permit would have to post a minimum bond of $15,000 to ensure the right of way involved is restored to at least its original condition.

If the requested work involves trenching a roadway, an additional fee would be charged for the long-term reduction in the road's life span, based upon an engineer's degradation chart.

The CIAC also discussed its five-year capital improvement projects list that will be submitted to the mayor prior to discussions this summer on the 2004-05 budget.

The five-year plan is based upon estimated costs in 2004 dollars and lists 19 projects totaling $2.3 million.

Topping the list is stormwater drainage and road improvements from Crescent Drive at Palm Avenue to Pine Avenue at an estimated $135,689. Second was the full length of South Drive at a total estimated cost of $128,353.

The most expensive item on the priority list was No. 4: Spring Avenue from South Bay Boulevard to Gulf Drive. That project was estimated at $254,977, including $23,977 in road repairs.

Public Works Director George McKay noted to the committee that not all money in the 2003-04 capital improvements budget might be used by Sept. 30, 2004. CIAC Chairman Larry Albert suggested that the CIAC ask the mayor and commission that any money not spent from this year's capital improvements budget be rolled over into next year's capital improvement budget.