INDIAN SHORES – New monetary limits on the town of Indian Shores’ committees to pay out funds without full Town Council approval passed on its first reading at the Feb. 12 town hall meeting.
Committee members of major committees have been allowed to expend town funds for any public purpose under certain limited conditions and amounts.
The increase in the amount major committees will be authorized to spend will go up from $2,500 to $5,000. Individual committee chairpersons were authorized to expend $1,000, which will be increased to $2,500.
Previously, in the absence of a committee quorum, the mayor was authorized to disburse up to $2,500. That amount will now increase to $5,000.
In the pre-existing ordinance, all department heads were authorized to expend up to $500 with the monitoring of committee chairpersons. That amount will increase to $1,000.
Greater amounts than these limitations are authorized when it comes to recurring expenses. Items constituting recurring expenses are defined by other ordinance or resolution of the town council.
Immediately following the passing of this new ordinance, the town council approved changes to the town’s purchase order procedures. The changes were relative to authority approval and the increase in monetary limits for expenditures.
The rendering of the proposed Indian Shores Community Pavilion with adjoining park area encompassing the tennis court and playground area were unanimously approved.
The purchase of ice machine equipment for $2,500 was approved. According to Chief E.D. Williams, the equipment can generate a “500-pound dump of ice” that will be useful for various events and town functions.
The town adopted a policy regarding allowing service dogs only in the Indian Shores Municipal Center. A sign will be posted, stating that service dogs only will be allowed in the building during business hours.
Site plan OK’d
An agreement for Brotherton Engineering of Dunedin to provide site plan review for the town was approved. Bob Brotherton has performed engineering services for the town on an ongoing basis since 2003. The new agreement caps expenses for the town, not exceeding $1,000 per month.
Don Vinel was appointed to serve on the town’s police pension board. Vinel has 30 years of experience in the fire service industry and 24 years in management.
Parking deal approved
The town council approved the renewal of the Tiki parking lot agreement with Pinellas County.
A contract with Facility Dude was also approved, covering a software package to execute effective facilities management at Town Hall. The cost of the software is free the first year and $1,336 the second year, effective Feb. 1, 2014.
The town accepted a donation of $200 from Island Marine for the purchase of 500 imprinted magnets to be used by the police department.
The town accepted landscaping installed on town property by Salt Rock Grill Restaurant.