TREASURE ISLAND – The good news? It wasn’t a sinkhole. Still, Treasure Island officials had an unexpected expense last week when the city was forced to spend $33,203 for emergency repairs to a sewer main at 9715 Harrell Ave., next to the Windward Condominiums.
The work, performed by relining contractor JTV, started June 16 and was scheduled to be complete June 20.
City officials became aware of the situation recently when contacted by Windward’s property management company about a ground depression that was developing in the city’s utility easement.
Public Works staff discovered the depression over a clay sewer pipe and temporarily repaired it.
According to Public Works Director Mike Helfrich, the pipe was initially damaged when lateral lines to the pipe were connected improperly.
City workers attempted to video tape the extent of the damage inside the pipe but were unable to conduct a full study of the 320-foot pipe due to several obstructions.
It was later confirmed from a video study that the lateral lines from the Windward were the cause of the damage to the pipe, Helfrich said. City workers determined four lateral lines from the Windward facility needed to be removed and reconnected. They also isolated a number of leaks requiring repair.
Funding for the work was done through the Public Works capital account, which has $1.038 million available for sewer line and lift station repairs.
In other action June 17, city commissioners:
• Passed a resolution creating a supplemental budget appropriation of $25,000 from the Treasure Islettes for Beach Trail beautification. About half of the money was used to plant 14 palm clusters along the trail.
• Passed an ordinance on second reading that increases the city business tax 5 percent in fiscal 2015. City officials estimate the increase, the city’s first since 2009, will result in an additional $3,245 in revenue. The average fee will increase from $84.30 to $88.52.
• Passed an ordinance on first reading that updates the city’s Downtown Special Area Plan to include maximum height and density levels that were approved by voters on March 12, 2013, making it consistent with the countywide plan. The Treasure Island plan was passed by the City Commission 10 months prior to the referendum and contained other maximum levels. The city’s two new mixed-use districts – PR-MU-Core and PR-MU-Gulf Boulevard – are designed to encourage mixed-use development in the downtown area. Current Future Land Use densities for the core are 24 permanent housing units per acre and 22 temporary units per acre. Along Gulf Boulevard it is 15 permanent and 22 temporary units. Maximum height is five stories over parking to a maximum of 60 feet above base flood elevation, plus two feet.
• Named City Commissioner Alan Bildz the voting member for the city at the Florida League of Cities annual meeting.