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St. Pete Beach OKs beach utility vehicle
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The city of St. Pete Beach last week allocated $15,458 for a new John Deere 825i S4 crossover utility vehicle that will be used by Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies to patrol the beaches.
ST. PETE BEACH – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies will soon be patrolling the beaches with a new vehicle.

As part of the St. Pete Beach City Commission consent agenda on Jan. 28, commissioners approved spending $15,458 for a new John Deere XUV 825i S4 crossover utility vehicle from Everglades Farm Equipment Co. in Palmetto.

The vehicle replaces an existing 2001 Yamaha all-terrain vehicle that is now “non-functional” and economically beyond repair.

The new 50-hp vehicle, which has a top speed of 44 mph, can seat four with a rear seating area that can be converted to cargo space.

The vehicle is powered by a 3-cyclinder, 812 cubic centimeter, liquid-cooled engine.

The purchase was budgeted in the fiscal 2014 capital projects budget.

In other action:

• City Manager Mike Bonfield said representatives from Michael Baker Jr. Inc., the company providing planning services for the downtown Corey Avenue district, would be in town again March 26-27. A public workshop will be held the evening of Wednesday, March 26, at the Community Center and a special City Commission meeting is planned Thursday evening, March 27.

• Renee Cooper, capital improvement projects construction manager for the city, gave a rundown of capital improvement projects completed by the city in fiscal 2013. They included upgrades to fire stations, upgrades to the Vina del Mar Bridge, replacement of the gym roof and gym floor at the Community Center, and replacement of the playground at Bill Curotto Park. Total cost of all projects was $719,849.

• Commissioners approved a unit price purchasing agreement with MTM Contractors of Pinellas Park for sidewalk and curb replacements in 2014.

• Approved a 2.5 percent pay increase for Bonfield, who recently completed his 12th year as city manager with the city.

• Approved $60,602 to Mader Electric Motors for the installation and service of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) wastewater lift station system at 12 of the city’s lift systems. The new system will allow city staff to monitor lift station functions and diagnose problems from remote locations with a web-based interface, as opposed to doing manual checks. The new system will send a text message to the city employee on call for that day who in turn will make the necessary corrections on the system using a computer tablet. The city’s wastewater system uses three main pump stations and 14 lift stations, which are all in the process of being upgraded.

• Appointed Herbert Langford of Clearwater, a certified circuit, family and federal mediator, as the city’s parking citation hearing officer, administrative appeals hearing officer and special magistrate.
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