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Road resurfacing contract approved
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved a contract with Asphalt Paving Systems Inc. of Zephyrhills Jan. 24 for $393,260 to resurface and reconstruct various city streets under last year’s costs.

Doug Hutchens, city public works director, said that there are 24 roads that the city wanted to get done, but only 17 of them fit into this year’s budget. To do the other seven roads would cost about $30,000, he said.

“At this point we are recommending two things,” Hutchens said. “One, that since we are short the dollars to do those additional seven streets, that one, we look at the contingency of $25,000 that you mentioned, Mr. Mayor, if it is not spent, we would then apply that toward some of the seven streets. And alternatively, during construction, as the re-pavement occurs, as the finance department looks through the budget and looks at expenses, that if additional dollars are found, that we will come to the commission and look to use those dollars for the balance of the streets.”

The commission approved of this plan and voted unanimously to proceed.

Outdoor event policy and procedures approved
DUNEDIN – Hosting outdoor events in the city just got became streamlined.

The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved an outdoor event policy and procedure manual Jan. 24 that outlines everything anyone would need to know in order to host an outdoor event in the city.

Before, there was nothing written like the manual, and it was difficult for people new to hosting events to figure out all the different steps and approvals they must go through and receive. Lanie Sheets, parks and recreation superintendent, was instrumental in making this manual a reality.

“It has been extremely well received,” Sheets said. “Not only from the promoters but also from the staff and other departments as well.”

Basically, when city officials started this process, 18 months, 24 months ago, they would get inquiries about certain events.

“Those phone calls have pretty much gone away,” Sheets said. “The businesses in town, if they go to get a tent permit, permitting immediately sends it back to us. If an organization goes to the sheriff to schedule deputies, the sheriff calls us and asks has this gone through the process? And now we are all much more aware of activities going on and are able to work with the people at the beginning of their planning process to make sure we are giving all the assistance that we can.”

The fees for the events are now set. There are different categories of events: Self-produced events on public land by the city, such as the Halloween event or Touch a Truck; events on public land put on by nonprofit groups, such as the Highland Games or Orange Festival; events put on by for-profit groups on public land, such as the St. Patrick’s Day event, Cinco de Mayo event or Oktoberfest; and finally, events by private groups on private land.

The commissioners were all pleased with the manual and think it will be a helpful tool.
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