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TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners decided against addressing any changes to an ordinance regarding term limits of board and committee members during a Dec. 21 workshop at City Hall.

The topic came up following a recent request by Heidi Horak, chair of Treasure Island’s planning and zoning board, to consider revising a 2005 ordinance that limits committee and board members to six consecutive years.

“A number of years ago, I was one of those that brought up term limits for boards and committees,” said Commissioner Phil Collins. “Heidi feels like there is not enough qualified people to take over their work on the land development regulations. I don’t feel like there’s a need to change this.”

Treasure Island residents voted in favor of term limits in 2004 for the city’s Planning and Zoning Board, Code Enforcement Board, Beautification Committee, Beach Stewardship Committee, Gulf Beaches Library Trustees, Marina Committee, Mitigation Planning Committee and Personnel Advisory Board.

The ordinance states no appointed member can serve longer than six years unless there is no available qualified candidate as a replacement. Under that condition, the appointment can be renewed beyond six years.

Collins wondered how the city can measure whether one person is more qualified to serve on a board than another.

City Clerk Dawn Foss said all the current members of the planning and zoning board would be on board through 2012.

“I say we let it go,” said Collins. “We can deal with it then.”

Commissioner Alan Bildz agreed.

“I’ve had people express to me to not change a thing,” he said.

On another issue, the city’s Local Planning Agency is close to putting the finishing touches on the Downtown Redevelopment Special Area Plan.

City Manager Reid Silverboard said a Jan. 5 meeting of the LPA would decide final recommendations to the City Commission. The plan will go to a City Commission workshop Jan. 18 and the first public hearing will be Feb. 1.

After that, the plan will go before the Pinellas Planning Council in mid-March and before the Pinellas County Commission in mid-April. From there it will go before state officials in Tallahassee for approval before a second public hearing in Treasure Island some time in May.

Details of the plan have not been released but are expected to form the core of future development in the city.

In old business, Silverboard said a proposed traffic signal for the intersection of Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue is going through the permitting process in Tallahassee by Florida Department of Transportation. He said the signal should be up and running at some point during the summer.
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