DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved a bid award to Kloote Contracting Inc. on Oct. 17 for $204,998 to construct a bicycle and pedestrian northern route project. This includes Penny funding of $18,914.
“The bicycle and pedestrian northern route project provides for connection with the Pinellas Trail on the west at Michigan Boulevard, to the existing pedestrian bridge at the north end of Patricia Avenue, opposite Highlander Park,” according to a memo to the commission from
City Manager Rob DiSpirito. “The project includes the widening of existing sidewalk along the south side of Michigan, from the Pinellas Trail to the Dunedin Fine Art Center and Community Center. The route will then proceed through Highlander Park to the pedestrian bridge using a mixture of sidewalk widening and new asphalt trail segments.”
The city received seven bids for the project, and Kloote Contracting, Inc. submitted the lowest bid. The company has an excellent performance record with other city projects, including reconstructing the Highland Avenue and Main Street intersection, the Wood Street parking lot and the Oak Tree Plaza park improvement, the memo said.
Sheriff’s Corner reports to commission
DUNEDIN – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Captain Glenn Luben presented the “Sheriff’s Corner” to the Dunedin City Commission on Oct. 17, including reporting on the recent Citizen’s Academy.
The Citizen’s Academy is an opportunity for members of the public to take a look inside the Sheriff’s Office, have hands-on teaching, do use of force training, shoot at the range, go inside the courthouse, tour the jail, experience SWAT and K9 demonstrations, among other experiences.
To participate, people must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check. The next class, starting in January, is already filling up, Luben said, but there will be another class starting on April 3. People can call 582-2222 to sign up.
Luben also reported that things are mostly quiet in the schools. Deputies have responded to a few fights at the middle school and one bike theft, but overall there have been very few problems. There were a few arrests at the high school, but most of those are related to probation violations, he said.
Luben urges residents to always lock their car doors because there still are plenty of car burglaries and 95 percent of them tend to involve people pulling on door handles, looking for ones that are unlocked.
“If you leave your car door open, I can’t make you lock it, but don’t leave your garage door opener hanging on the visor because they push the garage door opener and some people leave their keys in the car, thinking it’s safe, so they come out and have no car or whatever else they have in their garage,” Luben said.
Stormwater project OK’d
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved on Oct. 17 to award a contract to Keystone Excavators, Inc. of Oldsmar for $3.5 million to construct storm drainage improvements. Funds are budgeted in the stormwater utility fund, and the remainder of the project, $2.9 million, will be carried forward into fiscal year 2014, according to a memo to the commission by City Manager Rob DiSpirito.
“The President/Lyndhurst Street storm drainage improvements project works includes new storm drainage system improvements for President Street, Lyndhurst Street and other connecting neighborhood streets to add to, supplement and modify the existing drainage system,” the memo says. “New stormwater piping is to be constructed eastward from a new cast-in-place concrete outfall structure located at Lyndhurst and Alt. U.S. 19.”
The commission was excited to get this project going, agreeing that it is overdue and important.
“This is a year-long (project) and takes a lot of work but in the end it’s worth it for those folks on Orange and it truly benefits them, and really it’s all about not worrying about being flooded,” said Mayor Dave Eggers. “It sounds like a little thing unless you’re threatened to be flooded.”
Solid waste contract awarded
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission on Oct. 17 unanimously approved the renewal of contracts for the disposal of solid waste materials with Angelo’s Recycled Materials, Greenway Recycling, Inc. and Consolidated Resource Recovery. The estimated cost is $213,406, with pricing based on the city of Largo’s cooperative bid with the city of Dunedin.
Funds are budgeted from the Refuse Collection Fund for this service.
“The city has participated in a cooperative contract for a number of years with the city of Largo for the disposal of yard waste, trash and construction and demolition debris,” according to a memo to the City Commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito. “Recently, the city of Largo renewed contracts to multiple contractors … The contract had an initial term of one year and renewal terms for two additional one-year periods.”
Although Largo awarded this contract to four different contractors, Dunedin has selected only three.