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Treasure Island hires well-known recruiter
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TREASURE ISLAND – The search for the city of Treasure Island’s next manager took another step forward July 18 when city commissioners hired Florida-based executive search firm Colin Baenziger and Associates.

Baenziger was one of two head hunters considered but not the most inexpensive. Treasure Island leaders also considered Strategic Government Resources of Keller, Texas, for $23,000 but Baenziger’s extensive résumé and history of searches for Florida cities and counties made its $26,500 fee more acceptable.

Baenziger, based in Daytona Beach Shores, was recommended by Personnel Director Jennifer Poirrier.

“Colin Baenziger and Associates was selected due to their extensive experience in the recruitment market in Florida,” Poirrier said. “Specifically, their assigned team and project manager has significantly more recruitment experience in Florida than the team assigned by SGR.”

In a letter to city commissioners, Baenziger said his firm has been selected to perform 101 of the last 142 recruitments involving a Florida city or county in search of a manager. Recent CB&A searches for a city manager include St. Pete Beach, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Destin, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Hallandale Beach, Key Biscayne, Melbourne, Miramar, Mount Dora, Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Coast. The company has also conducted recent searches for county managers in Brevard, Clay, St. Lucie and St. Johns counties in Florida.

Baenziger’s plan includes a needs assessment, recruitment, screening, evaluation and verification of candidates’ background, and assistance with negotiating a contract. Also, if the city is not happy with the candidates presented, Baenziger will repeat the search at no cost.

The firm’s recruitment process generally takes 60 to 90 days.

“Our goal is to bring you five finalists that are so good, you will have a difficult time choosing among them,” Baenziger said in the letter to commissioners. “The proof is in the fact that six of our local government clients have passed resolutions thanking us for four of our outstanding efforts in finding their key staff.”

Treasure Island is seeking a replacement for Reid Silverboard who resigned May 8 after 10 years in the position. The job pays between $120,000 and $150,000.

In other action, commissioners:

• Passed an ordinance on first reading that extends a temporary moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers in the city for 120 days.

• Passed an ordinance on final reading establishing fees for annual fire inspections of businesses. Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District will perform the inspections. In the past, the city has not charged for the inspections.

• Passed an ordinance on first reading that updates the city code on elections. The changes eliminate duplications in the city charter and items covered by state statute.

• Passed a resolution to hire Kessler Consulting for $24,795 to update the city’s sanitation safety and training procedures, and to develop a multi-family (six or more units) recycling plan. The work is estimated to be complete in 15 weeks.

• Moved forward on a request to update the city’s beach wheelchair to an all-terrain wheelchair that fully reclines and is equipped with the proper seat belts and harnesses. The city’s current beach wheelchair, which is required by the American With Disabilities Act and is stored at the Bilmar Beach Resort, does not recline and has a seat belt that allows certain riders to slip through. The new wheelchair would cost $2,680 to $3,426. The city is also considering a 433-foot beach mat, which would make it easier for wheelchairs to be rolled down to the water. Cost of the mat is $16,646, plus shipping.

• As part of a mediated settlement agreement over a lawsuit with Treasure Island attorney Ken Weiss, the city agreed to eliminate parts of the city’s Future Land Use Element that voters turned down in an election in November.

• Moved forward on an ordinance that updates the city’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which bans beach gear from being left on the beach overnight. Specifically, the change involves extending the hours the ban is in place from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Previously, the ban was in place to 7 a.m. but the extra hour will give city officials more time to collect illegal items.

• Moved forward on an $85,397 contract with Edward Don and Co. of Fort Lauderdale for 400 vinyl chairs and 150 fabric chairs for the community center and city hall auditorium.

• Moved forward on a $20,254 contract with Mity-Lite of Orem, Utah, for 100 tables measuring 30 inches-by-6 feet and 10 table carts.

• Moved forward on a resolution to create a fire inspector/firefighter position and the purchase of a new fire inspection vehicle. The pay range of the new position would be $43,492 to $61,470. Cost of the new vehicle, a 2017 Ford Escape, would be $17,100. An additional $1,500 would be required to transfer emergency equipment and decals from the current 2003 Ford F-250.

• Moved forward on a new recycling rate for city residents, which will be brought forward to the commission on Aug. 1.

• Moved forward on a request by American Legion Post 158 to have a 15-foot by 15-foot easement in a city parking lot off 108th Avenue to locate a smoker.
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