City approves Easement encroachment DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved a utility easement encroachment on Feb. 21 for a property at 433 Causeway Blvd.
“This request is to vacate an approximate 71-foot by 15-foot section of a utility easement located within the wet portion of the property…” according to a memo to the commission by City Manager Rob DiSpirito. “The purpose of the request is to allow for a second-floor cantilever deck to encroach over the utility easement.”
According to the memo, there is no public need for this easement, and Progress Energy, Bright House Networks, Clearwater Gas System and Knology Broadband of Florida, Inc. nave no objections to this being done.
Right of way, bridge project approved DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission on Feb. 21 unanimously approved a right-of-way agreement and a bridge slope repairs project. The first was a right-of-way use agreement for the Living Room, which transfers the outdoor dining rights and responsibilities to the new owner, who still meets all of the city’s outdoor dining requirements.
The second item was a bid for the Spanish Trails bridges slope repairs project, awarding a contract of $165,999 to Castco Construction, Inc. of Largo to construct improvements on the Cross Creek Way, Saddle Hill Road and Oak Creek Drive Spanish Trails bridges.
“The contractor will clear channel bottoms and remove and reconstruct failed concrete slopes, toes and panels at the undersides of the Cross Creek Way, the Saddle Hill Road, and Oak Creek Drive bridges in the Spanish Trails Subdivision,” according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito. “This stormwater drainage project is a critical component of the city’s program to improve and maintain stormwater systems in Curlew Creek.”
Dollar General design, land use, zoning OK’d DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the last reading of the final design review application for a Dollar General at 1326 San Christopher Drive. Also approved were changes in the land use and rezoning of the plot so it all matched the same purpose.
“The thing that made it a little unique was that it has existing general business zoning on the majority of the parcel and also the accompanying land use of commercial general on the parcel,” said Greg Rice, planning and development director. “However, there is a sliver, one third of the property to the east has a zoning classification of multi-family 15, and it has a land use of multifamily medium.”
People who live in that neighborhood had requested a fence as a buffer, and Dollar General obliged, bringing their plans in front of the commission. The front 120 feet of the lot is to have a proposed concrete wall.
Candidate qualifying period moved DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance on Feb. 21 that changes the candidate qualifying period from the last two weeks of July to the first two weeks in June. This makes the city’s qualifying period align with the county’s. It also takes into consideration how busy July is for Dunedin city officials, including the holiday, meetings, budget workshops, vacations as well as the two-week qualifying period, according to a memo to the commission from City Clerk Denise Schlegel.
City files claim against BP DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission voted unanimously Feb. 21 to move forward with a claim against BP, Halliburten or Trans-Ocean in relation to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Motley Rice, LLC, will file the claim.
The damages stated in the claim include some of the following, according to City Attorney, Tom Trask: Lost revenue from solid waste operations, lost revenue from sales tax, electric franchise fees, gas utility taxes, electric and propane utility taxes, local option gas tax, and communication services tax. The claim is for $8.8 million.