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County OKs draft interlocal service boundary agreement
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The areas show in dark orange represent Type A enclaves located throughout Pinellas County.
CLEARWATER – Dec. 6, 2010, Pinellas County staff began negotiations with 10 municipalities and five special districts on an interlocal service boundary agreement for Type A enclaves.

Type A enclaves are defined by state statute as an unincorporated improved or developed area enclosed on all sides by a single municipality. The county wants to use the interlocal agreements to facilitate the municipality’s ability to provide services to property in unincorporated areas inside Type A enclaves.

Staff reported during the Dec. 10 County Commission meeting that nine municipalities and two fire districts had agreed to negotiate an interlocal agreement. They include the cities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Kenneth City, Largo, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Seminole and Tarpon Springs. Since work began; however, the two fire districts – Lealman and Pinellas Suncoast Rescue District, decided not to participate, said Gordon Beardslee, Planning Department administrator.

“Lealman felt the process was one-sided,” he said.

He said Pinellas Suncoast believes the agreement could be a conflict with its charter set by state law.

The county approved a revised draft agreement May 21 that set terms and conditions for voluntary annexation of non-contiguous properties inside Type A enclaves. The revised draft was submitted to the municipalities for review.

One of the terms in the revised agreement called for two public hearings on voluntary annexation ordinances. Staff learned that all the municipalities have two readings of annexation ordinances but some conduct only one public hearing.

Staff worked with the city of Largo and subsequently removed the requirement for two public hearings from the agreement. However, the agreement still contains the section requiring property owners be notified by certified mail prior to each reading of the ordinance on annexation within non-contiguous area.

The agreement also says that if a current property owner withdraws a petition for annexation before final action is taken by a municipality, voluntary annexation cannot proceed.

Staff will submit the approved draft back to the cities for their review. The final step is adoption by all involved parties.

Surplus property

The commission unanimously agreed to deed county-owned surplus property to the cities of Seminole and Pinellas Park for a nominal value, $1, as allowed by state statute.

According to a staff report, the city of Seminole requested a “small sliver of land” owned by Pinellas County in the right of way of the Bay Pines Frontage road. The city wants the “non-buildable” strip as part of a development project.

The city of Pinellas Park requested the east 30 feet of Lot 2 in Rockin’ “R” Subdivision, which also is “non-buildable and of no current or future use to the county,” staff said.

Contract amendment

Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to a contract with Harvard Jolly Inc. for work on the new Public Safety and Centralized Communications Center, currently under construction off Ulmerton Road near the intersection with Seminole Boulevard.

The amendment provides an additional $40,000 to redesign a portion of the first floor of the Sheriff’s Administration Building for relocation of the fitness center from the basement for Building 400, redesign of the site to accommodate the demolition of Building 400 and design services for relocation of sheriff’s personnel from Building 400. With the addition of the $40,000, the contract for design professional consulting totals just over $4 million.

When complete, the new 200,000 square feet facility, on 40 acres currently occupied by the Sheriff’s Office and Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner, will house the Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Communications 911 Dispatch and the Sheriff’s Administrative/Operational and Dispatch headquarters.

Existing buildings will be demolished and surface parking for 500 vehicles will be added, as well as structured parking for 800 vehicles. The project also includes landscaping, site amenities, drainage, utility upgrades and a central energy plant.

The capital improvement project is funded by Penny for Pinellas revenue allocated to public safety and hurricane preparedness.
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