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Date of Issue: October 26, 2006

Anna Maria mayor bows out of office

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In one of her last official acts, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn presented an appreciation award to Charles Flowers of the Manatee County Farm Committee at the Oct. 19 city commission meeting in honor of farm city week Nov. 12-18. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn attended her last commission meeting Oct. 19, ending nearly five years of public service to the city. She is not seeking re-election in November.

A scheduled Nov. 9 worksession was to have been her last meeting, but commissioners voted to hold only one meeting in November, that on Nov. 16. The meeting will be preceded by the required swearing-in ceremony and organizational meeting for the new commission.

In her last report to the commission, the mayor updated commissioners on the status of the city’s efforts to clean up the Villa Rosa project on South Bay Boulevard and the just-started road paving project.

The site of the former Villa Rosa sales office has been cleaned up somewhat, said SueLynn, but some "issues" remain with owners GSR Development LLC.

She, city attorney Jim Dye and other city staff met with GSR lawyers last week to discuss further cleanup efforts and what GSR needs to have the city sign the final plat. GSR needs a final plat to sell the lots at a planned auction sale in early December. GSR has filed for bankruptcy in the federal court in Tampa.

The mayor also observed that the first phase of the long-awaited road-paving project began Oct. 16 with 52 sections of city roads scheduled for micro-resurfacing and other streets set to receive a full-depth reclamation.

In other business, the commission passed an ordinance to create a process for the installation of fences in public utility easements, and approved the first reading of four ordinances related to lowering the city’s flood insurance premiums under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s community rating system.

The ordinances are for flood damage prevention, stormwater management, temporary building structures, trailers and recreational vehicles and a property maintenance code.

Building official Kevin Donohue, who operates the FEMA CRS system for the city, noted that by passing the ordinances, the city will move from a Class 7 CRS rating to a Class 6, saving city property owners $261,000 in flood insurance premiums. Each move to a lower classification gives the city a 5-percent discount on the premiums, he said.

If the city reaches Class 5 as he plans in the future, residents would save a collective $300,000 in premiums.

SueLynn gave Donohue a "thank you" for his efforts, noting that since he’s been in charge of the CRS, the city has moved from a Class 8 to a Class 6.

The meeting adjourned after discussion of the insurance settlement for the roof damaged this past summer during a heavy rainstorm, ending four years and nine months of SueLynn on the commission.