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St. Pete Beach budget gets 19 percent spike
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ST. PETE BEACH – It’s part of the city of St. Pete Beach’s annual “housekeeping,” but this year a $10.07 million carryover from the fiscal 2016 budget to the current budget amounts to a nice 19 percent spike.

City commissioners passed an ordinance on first reading Feb. 28 that provides a supplemental appropriation to the city’s current $53.24 million budget. It will add to the city’s general, wastewater, reclaimed water, storm water and capital improvement funds.

Of the total, $7.7 million will go to capital projects, $206,311 to the general fund, $452,371 to wastewater, $124,662 to reclaimed water and $40,021 to storm water.

An additional $20,992 will get rolled over for the Vina Del Mar playground equipment, which was approved Sept. 20, and an additional $53,900 to the wastewater fund for sewer inflow and infiltration that was not completed in fiscal 2016.

The city’s $1.2 million in BP Oil money received last year is being moved into the wastewater fund to be used on an inflow and infiltration project later this fiscal year.

Meantime, the capital improvement fund will receive an additional $120,463 for three projects that were not completed in 2016. They are Egan Park ($100,000), Upham Beach concession stand ($11,590) and upgrades to the Warren Webster Building ($8,873).

In other action, commissioners:

• Approved a $90,000 Highway Landscape Reimbursement Memorandum of Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for landscape installation within the right-of-way on Blind Pass Road from 75th Avenue north to 82nd Avenue.

• Approved a purchasing agreement with Amroad LLC for pavement markings, not to exceed the city’s annual budget of $35,000.

• Approved agreements with Rostan Inc. for disaster debris monitoring and D&J Enterprises Inc. for disaster debris removal associated with a FEMA-declared disaster event. The city does not pay for either service until they are used.

• Approved $100,000 for concrete sidewalk and curb replacement by Gilliam Construction.

• Approved $112,191 to Progressive Environmental Services for pumping of the wastewater system to clean blocked trunk lines on Gulf Boulevard.

• Passed an ordinance on final reading that repeals and updates Division 20 of the land development code, creating the Pass-A-Grille Overlay District. The revised overlay will help to maintain current architectural standards in the community.
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