TREASURE ISLAND – The cost of doing business with the city of Treasure Island is about to increase slightly.
In an effort to generate additional revenue, city commissioners passed a resolution Sept. 19 that amends the city’s fee schedule. According to budget projections, the increases are expected to generate about $931,000 in additional revenue.
Some of the increases are as follows:
• Sewer for a single-family home, from $28 to $28.70 per month.
• Solid waste, from $19.50 to $26.70 per month.
• Storm water, from $10.04 to $11.04 per month.
• After-hours building inspection fee, now $112.50, plus a 25 percent administrative fee.
• Variance request, $350.
• Sidewalk café permit, from $40 to $50.
• 10-week summer camp, up $25 to $450 for city residents and $850 for nonresidents.
• Daily tennis fee at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, from $3 to $10 for city residents; from $8 to $11 for non-residents.
• Daily golf fee at Treasure Bay for city residents, $7 to $9, May through December; and $10 to $13, January through April.
• Community Center rental, from $700 to $800 for six hours; nonprofits, from $470 to $536 for six hours.
• Beach weddings, 50 or more people, $75 for city residents, $100 for non-residents; less than 50 people, $50 for city residents and $75 for non-residents.
• License agreement amendments, $200.
The changes take effect Oct. 1.
On another front, commissioners are considering a proposal from Thornton Williams of Williams Law Group to represent the city for $65,100 to get a response from the Federal Highway Administration on whether the city qualifies under FHWA policy to return tolling to the Treasure Island Causeway.
In a recent correspondence with the city, the FHWA listed five criteria that would allow for a return to tolling but didn’t specify which, if any, the city might qualify under. Williams, who has a long history of work on toll related issues, would network with FHWA officials in Washington, D.C., to get an idea where the city stands. His fee is based on 186 hours at $350 per hour.
Former City Commissioner Ed Gayton suggested the city save the fee and write another letter to FHWA. Mayor Bob Minning said Gayton’s suggestion was not a good idea.
“Attorney Williams says absolutely not,” said Minning. “We need to put the best team available out there. There’s no silver bullet.”
Commissioner Larry Lunn agreed.
“In as much as we don’t like paying an attorney, this is a legal matter and the risk of not exhausting the best talent we have available would be a mistake,” he said.
Commissioner Ken Keys said he wasn’t sure if it was a good expense for the city.
“There’s a chance, after spending this money, we still may not get what we want,” Keys said.
Commissioner Ralph Kennedy asked City Attorney Jennifer Cowan if the law firm she is employed by could handle the same task. Cowan said Williams is a specialist in the area of tolling issues and going in that direction would not be as productive for the city.
Commissioners suggested a contract with Williams, which will be considered at a future meeting.
In other action, commissioners:
• Approved a property insurance renewal with World Risk Management . The premium is $82,228, which is an increase of $3,765 (4.7 percent) over the current fiscal year. WRM conducted an onsite appraisal this year that put the city’s total insured values at $20.61 million, an increase of 9.8 percent over the most recent appraisal.
• Passed a resolution allowing the Department of Public Works to exceed spending the budgeted $10,000 maximum with Consolidated Resource Recovery Inc., for yard waste disposal services. The resolution also authorizes Public Works to enter into a fiscal 2018 contract with a $15,000 cap.
• Approved a celebration of life event scheduled Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 to 7 p.m., at Ricky T’s Bar and Grille and the closing of 106th Avenue from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Approved a temporary waiver of building permit fees through Oct. 31.
• Approved a final millage rate of 3.3368 for fiscal 2018 and approved a $24.079 million budget, which includes $12.443 million for the general fund. The new budget takes effect Oct. 1.
• Interim City Manager Amy Davis reported the due date for bids on the reconstruction of the Central Beach Trail is now Oct. 6. If the bids fall within a certain dollar window, commissioners will make a selection of a construction company and work will begin to repair cracks.