SEMINOLE – In the wake of the recently released 9/11 report, what can the community’s residents expect from their city representatives? That was the impassioned question asked by resident Linda Cole at the City Council’s July 27 regular meeting.
Cole noted that even though Seminole might not get a direct hit if terrorists struck, surely some impact would occur. The council jumped on the idea of communicating exactly what the city’s response would be, perhaps during an open community meeting. Although responses would be reactive by nature, Fire and Rescue Chief Dan Graves talked about the extensive training programs in place and exercises completed with county officials.
Graves said he would brainstorm some communication ideas that might include a column in the city’s newsletter. A community meeting might involve the fire rescue and sheriff’s departments along with city staff member participation.
More townhomes on the way
The council approved amendments to its Future Land Use map to allow for redevelopment of property located at 10301 Bay Pines Blvd. The .72-acre parcel would be changed from commercial general to residential medium. This zoning change will open the way for development of the entire property, now peppered with abandoned cottages. This section is part of a larger 2.15 parcel scheduled for roughly 25 townhomes.
But the project has a ways to go before the bulldozers crank up. City planner Mark Ely said that one amendment would be sent to the Pinellas Planning Council and the state’s community affairs department for a final OK to allow 15 units per acre, rather than 10. December is the probable date for the final reading in Seminole.
Playground to get updated look
In other official news, the city has been awarded a Florida Recreation Development Assistant Grant for $112,500. This windfall will be used to renovate the playground at the Seminole Recreation Center Complex. This is a joint project with the Seminole Rotary Club as part of its Rotary International Centennial celebration. The club will match $30,000 to the city’s $30,000.
Bringing the playground up to code with the ADA standards is the centerpiece of the project that will include new handicap accessible equipment and surfacing, new shade feature elements, a picnic shelter and spruced-up landscaping.
According to Jim Sheets, director of the city’s recreation program, the projected start of construction would be this November with a tentative finish date of January 2005. If all goes according to plan, the dedication would be in February of next year.
Cancer Society thanks community
In a show of appreciation, the American Cancer Society recently presented the city’s Relay for Life team with an etched glass award for its support. Senior accountant Christine Trovato shared the goodies with the council.
This year, the team’s efforts netted more than $2,500 for the cause. Over the last five years, the city’s group collected more than $11,600 for the cancer organization.
“This reflects well on our city staff and their cooperative effort for this cause,” said Mayor Reeder.
The council also approved a 2.5 percent merit and 3 percent cost-of-living salary adjustment for City Manager Frank Edmunds.