INDIAN SHORES – Certus Builders of Tampa was awarded the contract to build the town’s new pavilion behind the Indian Shores Municipal Center by the Town Council Sept. 18.
Certus’ bid of $322,619 was the lowest of four received.
Dean Sumner, chief executive officer of Certus Builders, was present at the meeting to field questions from the Town Council. Project cuts have reduced the town’s cost to approximately $285,945, which will be further reduced by “sharpening the pencil,” said Sumner.
Certus Builders has successfully completed a number of government building projects, including the comparable Macfarlane Park pavilion project in Tampa. The project for the town of Indian Shores will include walkways and a decorative fountain-like monument in addition to the pavilion itself.
The Town Council also considered bids for the playground area project also slated to be constructed behind the Indian Shores Municipal Center.
“We (Indian Shores) only received one unfavorable bid so we need to put it out again,” said chief E.D. Williams.
Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Cookie Kennedy was nominated by the town council to serve as the Barrier Island Governmental Council’s representative on the new unified Metropolitan Planning Organization and Pinellas Planning Council board. The creation of the new unified MPO and PPC board is pending approval by Gov. Rick Scott.
Millage, budget adopted
The final ad valorem tax rate of 1.8700 mills per $1,000 of assessed valuation for fiscal 2014 passed unanimously. The millage will be the same as last year.
An amendment of the town’s proposed budget and adoption of the final budget for the fiscal 2014 also passed unanimously. Mayor Jim Lawrence commended both the former director of finance Mary Karayianes, who retired last month, and the current director of finance, Lisa Robinson, for creating a “beautiful looking … reasonable budget.”
“You (Robinson) run this thing (town budget) like it’s your own checkbook,” said Lawrence.
Pension fund OK’d
The second reading of the ordinance amending the town’s police officers’ pension fund was approved. New town attorney Robert J. Metz Jr. read the ordinance at the meeting.
Williams commented that there were no substantive changes to the Indian Shores police officers’ pension fund and that the changes were done in order to be “in compliance with Federal law.”