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Treasure Island OKs upgrades to roads
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TREASURE ISLAND – Resurfacing is expected to begin soon on three streets in Treasure Island.

City commissioners moved forward on a resolution May 20 to award a $199,885 contract to Ajax Paving Industries of Florida to resurface 108th Avenue and sections of 116th and 177th avenues, west of the bridge leading to the Isle of Capri.

A total of $226,820 is available in the city’s LOISS Fund for road resurfacing and the remaining $26,935 will be used as contingency funds.

“This is an ongoing program,” said Public Works Director Mike Helfrich. “This year, we’ve selected these three areas. We’re looking at four to six working days (to complete the work).”

Commissioner Alan Bildz wondered why roads in Sunset Beach, where his constituency resides, were not on the list.

“There have been a lot of roads down in Sunset Beach that have been neglected for a long time,” Bildz said.

City Manager Reid Silverboard said the city allocates only a certain amount each year for resurfacing and jobs are done based on need.

“We only have a certain amount of money we budget each year for roads,” Silverboard said. “It’s typically between $225,000 and $300,000 per year.”

Commissioner Carol Coward, who represents Paradise Island, wondered why her neighborhood wasn’t on the list this year.

“I hate to tell you but 108th (Avenue) isn’t near as bad as Paradise,” she said.

“I think Paradise is on tract for next year or the year after that,” Silverboard said.

In other action, commissioners:

• Moved forward on a resolution authorizing the purchase of four data flow telemetry control units and software upgrades in the city’s wastewater lift stations at a cost of $27,967.

• Set a June 3 public hearing date for a variance case involving a home at 8310 West Gulf Blvd. on Sunset Beach.
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