REDINGTON BEACH — Town leadership was renewed but unchanged March 20 after three members of the Town Commission took the oath for another term of office.
Commissioners Tim Kornijtschuk and Fred Steiermann and Mayor Nick Simons were sworn in by Town Attorney Jay Daigneault. The incumbents drew no opponents for the March 12 election, automatically reinstalling the three.
Acting on a nomination by Commissioner Dave Will, the panel unanimously elected Kornijtschuk to be vice mayor. The position is rotated amongst commissioners every two years. Will most recently held the title.
Simons asked commissioners to retain their current oversight duties: Kornijtschuk for public safety, Will for building and code, Steiermann for public works and parks, and Tom Dorgan for finance. They all agreed to the mayor’s request.
Jeff Larson, president of Larson Consulting Services, made a presentation about FL SAFE, which is described on the organization’s website as “a local government investment pool developed by Florida local governments for Florida local governments.”
Dorgan said he asked Larson to speak after Morgan Stanley, which currently administers Redington Beach’s certificate of deposit investment accounts, decided it would no longer handle such accounts.
After Larson spoke, commissioners unanimously agreed to contract with FL SAFE.
Commissioners also acted on a series of ordinances.
They approved, on first reading, an ordinance that removes “outdated, pre-empted or unenforceable” provisions of some chapters of the town code and incorporates current requirements of state and federal law. The action is part of a series of commission actions to update and modernize town codes.
The panel also passed a resolution that adopts technical specifications for construction of swales and driveways as well as a fee schedule for such work.
They agreed to table the final reading of an ordinance that deals with the town comprehensive plan. Simons said they were awaiting information from state agencies before they could proceed further.
In other action, commissioners:
• Approved a one-year extension for building review services from SAFEbuilt Florida, which acts as the town’s building department.
• Agreed to discuss at the April 3 meeting an agenda item concerning bonfires after Simons said he had received an email about a “public nuisance and health complaint” from a local family.