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Indian Shores hires building official
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INDIAN SHORES – After two years of sharing a building official with the town of Redington Shores, Indian Shores councilors voted June 10 to hire its own part-time building code administrator.

The two years of sharing a building official began after longtime building code administrator Larry Nayman died during the summer of 2012, leaving the town in need of replacement services.

Indian Shores received a letter dated May 22 from Redington Shores mayor Bert Adams in anticipation of budgetary preparations for next year. The Indian Shores Town Council’s decision came in response to deliberating an $8,491.74 increase in building official services from Redington Shores for the fiscal year 2014-15.

The increase would bring Indian Shores’ portion of the cost for the shared building official to $70,000 for the next fiscal year. The amount of time allotted to Indian Shores for its half of the building services official has been and would have continued to be 20 hours per week.

The Town Council approved the hiring of Malcolm Green as Indian Shores building official, effective Oct. 1, for 32 hours per week at an annual salary of $42,000. Mayor Jim Lawrence said that Green has extensive experience in the capacity of a municipal building official.

The hiring approval of Green was made contingent upon him passing a physical. Green had already passed a background check and other preliminary portions of the process.

In a memorandum from Bonnie Dhonau, the town’s director of administration, to the mayor and director of finance, she said, “With the current Waterside Project, along with the prospect of other potential projects coming online, it is my recommendation that the town move forward with hiring our own part-time building official.”

The Town Council subsequently confirmed submitting a letter to Redington Shores notifying of intent to cancel the inter-local agreement for building official services, effective Sept. 30. Lawrence concluded the discussion by noting that the town was pleased with the building official services it had received in its inter-local agreement with Redington Shores but that “circumstances have changed for the town (of Indian Shores).”

PZB appointment

Fred Strahlendorf was appointed a citizen member of the Planning, Zoning and Building Committee (PZB). An alternate member is still needed to serve. Lawrence said he would like an Indian Shores resident with experience relative to building, real estate and/or property insurance to volunteer for the open position.

Lawrence volunteered again to be the town’s delegate and new councilor Mike Petrucceli volunteered to serve as the alternate for the 88th annual Florida League of Cities Conference. The conference will be held in Hollywood, Florida Aug. 14-16.

Town OKs chamber location

Subject to legal review and a signed lease agreement, the town approved the proposal from the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce to establish a Chamber location in the Indian Shores Municipal Center. Lawrence also requested a “30-day opt out option” in the agreement.

Neighborly Care Network

The Town Council voted unanimously to provide funding in the amount of $600 to Neighborly Care Network, a private, not-for-profit agency. Currently, Neighborly Care Network serves approximately four clients in Indian Shores with home and community-based services to assist them in living at home independently.

Town keeps vehicles

Initially, the town was considering trading in a 2004 Ford Interceptor and a 2006 Ford Explorer as part of the deal to purchase a new 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle.

Instead, the 2004 Ford Interceptor will continue as an administrative use vehicle and the 2006 Ford Explorer will be used as the new building official vehicle. An evaluation of continuing these cars in service for the town will be addressed in six months.

The purchase of the 2014 Fold Police Interceptor Utility AWD for $33,967 from Bartow Ford was approved.

The amount of $29,271 was budgeted for the vehicle. The remaining shortfall of $96 plus the $4,600 the town would have received for the trade-in of the two vehicles they chose to retain will come from the town’s capital improvement fund.

FDOT, sheriff deals

The Florida Department of Transportation Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement was approved. The agreement is “the same agreement we have signed for as long as I have been mayor and even before that,” said Lawrence.

Also approved was the Criminal Justice Information Systems Non-Terminal User Agreement with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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