LTA, Burnett resigns as Anna Maria city engineer, code clerk ousted

For the first time since 2017, Anna Maria will have to make do with one city engineer.

Vice Mayor Brian Seymour announced Jan. 24 Lynn Burnett and her engineering firm, LTA Engineers, have terminated their agreement with the city.

“Lynn Burnett has terminated her professional agreement between LTA and the city of Anna Maria,” Seymour told commissioners. “We wish her well and we’ll still have the ability to use her in the future. She will continue to work with the MPO (Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization) and the ITPO (Island Transportation Planning Organization) on our behalf.”

“We have Ayres as our other city engineer, so we feel confident moving forward,” Seymour finished.

Burnett will continue to serve as the contracted city engineer for Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, but in Anna Maria, Tampa-based engineering firm Ayres Associates will now be the primary city engineer.

When Ayres and LTA responded to the city’s request for proposals in September 2017, the city retained Ayres for the engineering and design of the new city pier, while also retaining LTA for work on the city’s stormwater drainage and roadway projects.

During her time in Anna Maria, Burnett designed the multiuse path along Gulf Drive, from Archer Avenue to Willow Avenue, as well as the city’s stormwater retention, drainage and filtration system.

Additionally, code enforcement administrative assistant Angela Albrecht was dismissed Jan. 24 during a meeting with city clerk Leanne Addy and Vice Mayor Brian Seymour.

Mayor Dan Murphy was on vacation.

Addy did not provide The Islander with an official reason for letting Albrecht go, and a request to review her personnel file was unanswered by the press deadline for the newspaper.