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City changes golf course insurance
CLEARWATER – On April 21, 2011, the city approved an agreement that leased its Clearwater Country Club golf course to The Clearwater Golf Club, LLC. As part of the agreement, the club was required to carry property, boiler and machinery insurance on the course. But on Nov. 15, the City Council changed the arrangement so the insurance will be in the city’s name instead of the club’s name, although the club will reimburse the city for the insurance premiums.

“This change will be beneficial to both the city and the club,” a staff memo explained. “The city will have greater coverage by this change and will be able to obtain additional compensation for damage that is not available under normal property insurance coverage. The club will benefit by having to pay less for the coverage than if they had to engage a third-party provider.”

City to sue over damaged gas line
CLEARWATER – City officials allege that while digging with a backhoe at the intersection of Flamingo and Fairfold Drives in New Port Richey on October 20, 2009, employees of Suncoast Development of Pinellas County, Inc. damaged a gas line belonging to the Clearwater Gas System. Attempts to have Suncoast Development pay for the damage have been futile, officials say, so on Nov. 15, they got the unanimous approval of the Clearwater City Council to have City Attorney Pam Akin sue the company for the $1,659 in damages, as well as the $365 costs of bringing the suit.

Landscape maintenance contract renewed
CLEARWATER – By a unanimous vote on Nov. 135, the Clearwater City Council agreed to renew the contract of Earth Designs, a Clearwater-based landscaping company, to maintain the landscaping on municipal properties throughout the city. The original contract covered the year 2011, and a subsequent renewal covered the year 2012.

“Earth Designs has been an excellent contractor and staff is recommending approving a third year on their contract with the city,” a staff memo to the council said.

The $257,112 that Earth Designs was paid this year will remain the same for the properties that it will continue to maintain next year. But the company will receive an additional $23,379 to maintain properties that have been acquired since the current contract was awarded. The new contract includes a $25,400 contingency fee to cover the maintenance of any additional properties the city may acquire in 2013.

In addition to the $280,491contract awarded to Earth Designs, the city also renewed the $38,014 contract of Pinellas Park-based Buccaneer Landscape.

Contract awarded for Phase II of Pier 60 concession building
CLEARWATER – On July 21, 2011, the Clearwater City Council approved a contract for Phase I of the construction and renovation of the concession and restroom building at the city’s Pier 60 Park. On Nov. 15, the council unanimously agreed to award a $156,691 contract to Tampa-based Certus Builders.

“This contract is for Phase II, which consists of constructing an additional storage area for the ice machine, products and cold storage units, which are currently being housed outside the concession building,” a staff memo to the council explains. “These renovations will not interfere with the operations of the concession stand nor the restrooms, which will be available to the public during construction.”

The work is expected to be completed before spring break 2013.
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