SEMINOLE – For the first time since 2008, Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds has been awarded a merit-based pay raise.
The City Council unanimously approved the 2.5 percent pay increase at its Aug. 13 meeting following its annual City Manager Performance Review at a July 23 workshop. Edmunds’ base pay bumps up from $4,677.50 to $4,794.44 bi-weekly with the pay increase.
Between 2008 and 2011, Edmunds either refused merit increases to support city employees not offered raises because of the economic downturn or was not offered one because of the economy. In 2012 he accepted a one-time 3 percent raise that was put toward his pension.
“This is well-deserved,” said Councilor Jim Quinn. “We wish it could be bigger, but he’s satisfied with what he’s been offered.”
In other action items, the council:
• Approved an interlocal agreement with the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative for the coordination of countywide library services. This is a continuation of the agreement that has been in place for 20 years and is set to expire on Sept. 30, Edmunds said.
Though the new agreement notes a slight decrease in funding, “it changes [only] the governance of the coop, but not the level of services in any way,” Edmunds said.
Cities will have more direct representation on the coop board and the county gains more administrative powers, he added.
The new agreement goes into effect on Oct. 1.
• Addressed safety concerns of the Bright Before Your Eyes Holiday Night Parade by approving new parade guidelines. The new guidelines, which emphasize public safety, includes requiring all units and parade walkers to be properly illuminated for the nighttime events and the pace of the parade.
“Safety first and then fun,” Mayor Leslie Waters said.
• Gave preliminary approval of a development agreement with Lake Shore Development LLP and Domain Homes Inc. following the first public hearing on the matter. The agreement calls for the construction of 15 single-family detached homes on 4.8 acres at 8003 Seminole Blvd. A second public hearing is set for Tuesday, Aug. 27. The property is located on the east side of Seminole Boulevard north of Lake Vista Drive. Up until two years ago, the property was part of unincorporated Seminole, but was annexed into the city.
• Approved the plat of the single-family homes component of the Bay Pines project and authorized Mayor Waters to sign it.
• Gave permission to Edmunds to execute contracts with the planned performers for the 2013 Music in the Park series at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road. The six-week concert series begins Friday, Sept. 6 and takes place every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Performers include SPAN: An Evening with Sinatra and Friends, Yesterdayze, the Troy Duncan Band, Tommy Roxx & The Big Deal, the Sounds of Soul and Rocketman Show.
“It’s one of our highlights of the entire year,” Mayor Waters said. “Six Fridays in a row. You can’t beat it.”