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Pinellas Park amends 2013-2014 budget
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PINELLAS PARK – At its July 24 meeting, the Pinellas Park City Council passed an amendment to the 2013-2014 budget decreasing it by $679,778. Minor revisions were made to the general, Community Redevelopment Agency and sewer funds. The CIP fund also was revised, with several projects moved to next year’s budget.

Council tables two residential developments

PINELLAS PARK – The City Council discussed two proposed residential subdivisions at its July 24 meeting and decided to continue public hearings on the developments at its Aug. 12 meeting.

A plan for 20 detached, single-family homes at 9200 49th St. required several variances, including lot length, cul de sac length and number of vehicular access points. The property is currently occupied by New Destiny International Church.

The council seemed poised to vote against the project. But they decided to table the motion and give the developer another chance to address several issues, including the cul de sac and drainage concerns.

A second developer requested a rezoning change for 11090 60th St. from rural residential district to a single-family residential district. The developer hopes to build 29 detached, single-family homes on the property.

The council also seemed ready to vote against this project before deciding to table the matter until the next meeting.

Councilor Rick Butler said the area is historically an equestrian haven and a previous City Council made a commitment to retain that area’s nature.

“I’m just trying to keep my promise,” he said. “The small parcels are not consistent with the surrounding neighborhood. I want to preserve as large a lot as possible in that rural location. This is a horse community.”

Mayor to sign agreement with county

PINELLAS PARK – The City Council authorized Mayor Sandra Bradbury to sign a cooperation agreement with Pinellas County for the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Every three years, the city must adopt a resolution to renew their agreement with the county and to re-qualify to participate in the program, which is designed to bring federal Community Development Block Grant funds into local communities.

These funds are used for a number of projects, including the Low Interest Home Repair Loan Program, the Independent Living Program, programs for seniors and infrastructure improvements in targeted areas.

City Auditorium to get new A/V equipment

PINELLAS PARK – The City Council authorized the purchase of new audio/visual equipment for City Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N., at its July 24 meeting.

The new equipment will be bought from Audio Visual Innovations Inc. for $29,966. This amount was included in this year’s budget.

Equipment being purchased includes portable speakers, wireless microphone systems, an iPad-controlled mixer, a ceiling-mounted WXGA projector and ceiling-recessed electronic screen.

Library Board members appointed

PINELLAS PARK – The City Council re-appointed Connie Marmaro to the Library Board at its July 24 meeting. Marmaro has been a member of the board since 1974. The council also filled the spot left vacant when Deborah Gray resigned by appointing James Golden to the board. Both terms expire June 30, 2017.
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