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Mark Brandmaier, left, a member of the Dunedin Highland Games Festival Committee, and Iain Donaldson, city of Dunedin Pipe Band director, listen as city commissioners recognize the band Aug. 7 for its success at the 2014 North American Pipe Band Championships.
DUNEDIN – City officials are touting the accomplishments of the Dunedin Pipe Band for winning first and third place in events at the 2014 North American Pipe Band Championships.

Dunedin’s Grade 3 pipe band won its category, which included 13 bands, earning the North American Championship Title, and the Grade 4 pipe band earned third place in its category, which included 17 bands.

The competition was part of the Glengarry Highland Games held Aug. 1-2 in Maxville, Ontario. More than 50 bands competed.

Commissioner Heather Gracy, the city’s liaison on the Dunedin Highland Games Committee, presented certificates of recognition at the commission’s Aug. 7 meeting to the band members for their achievements at the games.

Gracy passed on a message she liked that the wife of a band member had posted online.

“It’s very simple, and it’s to the point, and she said, ‘It was the most impressive display of all good band things.’ That was coming from one of the judges,” Gracy said.

A banner will be posted off Main Street along the Pinellas Trail recognizing the band.

Iain Donaldson, city of Dunedin Pipe Band director and band director of the 2104 national champions, said he was proud the band represented Dunedin as ambassadors at the games.

“Twenty five thousand people we played in front of, and they now know where Dunedin is,” he said.

Mayor Dave Eggers said the efforts of the pipe bands are important to maintain the traditions and heritage of the community.

“I don’t think enough can be said about our pipe bands: The city pipe band. We have high school pipe bands. We have junior high school pipe bands, and we have new program in the elementary school and it’s really on solid ground. We’re just so proud of you, what you mean to this city, what you do as ambassadorship to this city. …” Eggers said.

The city was represented by 60 band members and their families at the games.

Commission tentatively OKs revised solid waste ordinance

City commissioners unanimously approved on first reading a revised the solid waste ordinance, which includes changes in user fees and delivery services.

Assistant City Manager Doug Hutchens said the ordinance ensures that there is equity between the commercial and residential rates so neither side of the operation is subsidized.

It also addresses plans to change solid waste collection service from twice a week to once a week.

Commercial rates are slated to increase by 5 percent on Oct. 1, 2015, 1.5 percent on Oct. 1, 2016 through 2017 and by 2 percent on Oct. 1, 2108 through 2024.

Residential solid waste rates would be increased by 1.6 percent on Oct. 1, 2016, and by 1.75 percent on Oct. 1, 2017 and by 2 percent on Oct. 1, 2018 through 2024.

Current rates have been in effect since 2011. The solid waste fund had to borrow money this year from the utility fund to balance the budget, Hutchens said.

Reducing the number of days of solid waste collection will result in fewer trucks on the road, said Bill Pickrum, solid waste division director.

“It does create a lot of wear and tear, potholes and such,” he said.

The change in service would reduce some of the routine expensive maintenance on the trucks, he said.

Pickrum said the twice-a-week service is underused.

“I would like to see from an efficiency standpoint that we are sending down less trucks with more fill with the waste,” he said.

City officials plan to have a couple of workshops on solid waste collection to hear concerns that residents may have.

The commission’s second and final reading of the ordinance will be held Aug. 21.

Board and committee members recognized

Commissioners recognized the following residents for their volunteer service on boards: Donna Moore, 30 years, currently on the Hammock Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Board; Betty Taylor, 20 years on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee; Paul McCoy, 10 years on the Marina Advisory Committee; Steve Fasnacht, 10 years, currently on Hammock Advisory Committee; Georgina Massotto, five years, currently on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; and Adam Smith, five years on the Local Planning Agency board.
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