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Redington Beach OKs Town Park funds
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REDINGTON BEACH – The Board of Commissioners agreed at the Aug. 19 meeting to appropriate $75,000 in capital outlay funds for potential improvements to be made to Town Park in Redington Beach.

Those upgrades, some of which were identified by the town’s Parks and Recreation Board, include enclosing the new 12,000-square-foot lot, adjacent to the park at Gulf Boulevard and 164th Avenue, with a 4-foot high fence, in addition to the purchase of a shelter; a shade sail to cover the playground equipment as well as six pieces of adult exercise equipment.

In recent weeks, the town has been soliciting bids for the various upgrades, according to Town Clerk, Missy Clarke. She said fencing quotes have come in between $3,500 to $4,800.

A bid received for a shelter was $16,000 while sail shades have ranged in price from $38,000 to $68,000 to $86,000.

“My personal opinion is that we’ve priced ourselves out of the sail business,” said Mayor Nick Simons. “If we can come in at $20,000, I still think it’s worth it,” said Fred Steiermann who heads up the Parks Department. He noted, however, that a smaller sail over the playground equipment would likely cost much less and additional estimates from other companies are to come. He added that he had looked into a shelter that offers a retractable roof and might be less expensive than a more traditional type of design.

The purchase of exercise equipment discussed at the Aug. 5 meeting is expected to cost about $10,000 plus $3,500 for installation and includes two air walker pluses, two air striders, one rider and one rowing machine.

The board agreed to stick to the $75,000 for the purpose of a line item budget until more estimates are received.

In other news, the town and Progressive Waste Solutions are putting the finish touches on a new and final agreement for trash collection services that will be adopted as a resolution at the next meeting on Sept. 2.

Ian Boyle, a representative from PWS, came before the commission with assurances that aside from an anticipated 2.5 percent annual rate hike for each year of a three-year contract, there will be no major changes in the services that residents currently receive.

Under the new contract, single-family home residents for this year will pay $15.42 per month and condominium dwellers will pay $8.24 per month.

The current contract expires at the end of September, and while the Commission expressed satisfaction with the service and was amenable to renewing it, there were some sticking points.

The company initially wanted to provide customers with a 96-gallon trashcan and eliminating doorside pickup in favor of curbside collection. The board unanimously rejected that plan as it was deemed to pose a hardship for elderly and/or infirm residents.

Commissioner Steiermann also had indicated he preferred not to have what he termed “built-in” rate increases included in the contract, but other board members said the company had not increased its fees in several years and doing so now could not be viewed as unreasonable for the services provided.

With the end of the 2014 fiscal year fast approaching on Sept. 30, much of the discussion will likely center on the appropriations for the town’s budget for 2014-15. As such, TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices, which provide the assessed and taxable values for property, are now being sent out to residents, according to the town clerk.

The first reading of the budget is scheduled for Sept. 4 and the second and final reading on Sept. 18.
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