INDIAN SHORES – Indian Shores councilors passed an ordinance on first reading Oct. 8 that regulates parking of recreational vehicles, boats and trailers.
The proposed ordinance establishes definitions regarding the parking of recreational vehicles, boats and trailers on public or private property.
It also establishes permit requirements for parking, conditions of permit, habitation prohibition and prohibits overnight parking on the town’s streets.
“As I understand it, as long as you put your RV (boat or trailer) in an enclosed garage, you are OK,” said Town Councilor Carole Irelan.
On March 11, municipal elections will be held to elect two town councilors.
The qualifying period for eligibility is Dec. 6-13. Potential candidates need to open a campaign checking account, pay the filing fee with a check from that campaign checking account, fill out the corresponding paperwork from the town, and submit petition cards approved by the supervisor of elections.
Mayor Jim Lawrence said that he would give interested candidates a rundown on the specifics of the qualification process as well as position requirements and time demands. Residents considering running for these offices should contact him at the Indian Shores Municipal Center or through his town email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irelan and Steve Sutch currently hold the council positions up for election. Terms are three years.
Town attorney Robert Metz explained that a law went into effect Oct. 1 granting the public an opportunity to speak, “before final action takes place on any agenda item.” The resolution passed unanimously to acquiesce to this new law.
Although the public already had the opportunity to comment on any subject at the end of the meeting, public comments on any agenda item may also now be heard at the beginning of the meeting before the Town Council votes on any issue.
Diantha Schear was reappointed to Seat 6 on the town’s Board of Adjustment for another three-year term beginning at the end of October. The Seat 5 appointment will become vacant at the same time but will be selected at a later date.
William Priakos was reappointed to the town’s Police Pension Board for a four-year term that will expire in October 2017.
Police union contract
An amendment to the police union contract was ratified regarding a wage reopener. The police union’s request for a 3 percent increase across the board for union members became effective Oct. 1. The town was aware of the forthcoming increase and it had already been preapproved in the budget meeting.
• The town retroactively approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford FI50 Super Cab 4x4 for the Public Services Department. The vehicle was purchased from Bartow Ford for a cost of $21,840.