NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – The North Redington Beach Commission passed a resolution Jan. 9 to cancel the March municipal election since only one person qualified as a candidate for each seat open for election.
When the qualifying period officially ended on Dec. 20, only one person had qualified for Seat 3 and only one qualified for Seat 4.
Curtis Blocker, the current Seat 4 commissioner, is retiring next month at the end of his fifth term. Blocker has held the seat since 2005, making the total time he has served as commissioner nine years.
Kevin Kennedy qualified for Blocker’s seat and is unopposed. He served on the town’s planning and zoning board from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, Kennedy served on the town’s beach advisory board from 2011 to 2012.
Ted Dahl who was elected to his first term in 2012 currently holds Seat 3. Dahl is running unopposed and will retain his place on the commission for a second term.
In other action, a resolution passed raising the town’s sewer rates. Beginning with the current billing cycle the rates for sewer service will increase for both residential and commercial customers in North Redington Beach. The new residential rate will be $59.38 bi-monthly. The commercial rate will be $56.58 bi-monthly for the first 12,000 gallons and then $4.72 per thousand gallons over that.
North Redington Beach is one of the towns in Pinellas County that has its sewerage treated via the county. This is the third annual increase in a series of four annual increases to accommodate increased sewerage costs by Pinellas County. Each of the four annual increases will go up by approximately 9 percent per year.
Mayor Bill Queen explained that the overall cost of $120,000 was not being absorbed by the town but by the consumers themselves. The town has the lowest millage rate in the county and the board wants to preserve that. In an economic time when the town is utilizing reserves to meet expenses, it made more sense to pass along this sewerage treatment expense of “approximately $2 per month increase to each user,” said Queen.
At the end of the meeting, during miscellaneous business, Queen commented on the success of the Holiday Tree Lighting event in December. “Richard Bennett made a great Santa,” he said.
Town clerk Mari Campbell provided the names of the holiday house decorating contest winners. Pamela Leszynski of 215 173rd Ave. won first prize. Second prize was captured by John Curwick of 411 Bath Club Blvd., and third place went to Joyce and Mitchell Maxwell, 17315 Rosa Lee Way.