TREASURE ISLAND – After a brief discussion, Treasure Island Commissioners voted May 7 to keep the city’s Vision Stewardship Committee and conduct meetings four times a year.
The ad hoc group was formed two years ago to make sure actions taken by the City Commission were consistent with the city’s Vision Plan, which was established in 2010.
Since most of the Vision Plan priorities have been achieved or are in progress, such as the reconstructed Beach Trail and downtown redevelopment issues, Commissioner Alan Bildz questioned the need to continue the stewardship committee during an April 16 workshop.
Bildz pointed to the fact that the nine-member group had a high absenteeism rate for its monthly meetings and often it was difficult to reach a quorum.
“Quite frankly there are no tasks now for this committee,” said City Manager Reid Silverboard.
“I don’t think we should not be sunsetting the future,” said Mitchell Shenkman, chairman of the committee. “I do think this group of citizens have done a service to the city of Treasure Island. I think to sunset this group would be a tremendous error on the part of the commission.”
“Unless I missed something quite proficient, I was under the impression the commission voted not to sunset this committee,” said former Mayor Julian Fant. “This committee has performed diligently. I think we would be remiss if we didn’t take advantage of some of the experience of our citizens.”
Mayor Bob Minning agreed.
“I don’t think meeting four times a year is an overly burdensome amount of time to be placed on staff,” he said. “I appreciate their time but meeting four times a year, I think we can accommodate them. I am not in favor of discontinuing the Vision Stewardship Committee.”
The decision to conduct quarterly meetings follows a recent decision by commissioners to increase the size of the committee by up to 15 members.
In addition to moving to quarterly meetings, the chairmanship will rotate every two years to give all members a shot at being the leader.
In a related move, commissioners reappointed seven members of the committee for two-year terms through Aug. 31, 2015.
They are Dominique Reiter, Shenkman, Mary Maloof, Susan Reiter, George Greenfield, Joel Manings and Clyde Smith. The commission also added Gary Leonard and Fant to the committee, bringing the total to 12.
In other action, commissioners:
• Approved a resolution to purchase a 2013 Ford Interceptor utility vehicle from Don Reid Ford in Maitland at a cost of $25,519. The vehicle will be used by Fire Chief Bill Mallory. The current fire chief vehicle is a 2003 Ford Explorer with 60,000 miles, which will be rotated into service as a non-emergency pool vehicle for city staff. The current pool vehicle is 15 years old and will be retired.