BELLEAIR — Capital needs continue to come up in Town Commission discussions as officials look at ways to save money while taking on big projects.
Town Commissioner Tom Kurey said he expects the Infrastructure Board and Finance Board will hold a joint meeting soon, noting the difficulties caused by the capital needs of Belleair that Town Manager J.P. Murphy has estimated at more than $30 million.
Kurey said town officials will be getting some more clarification from their new engineer on “where we are with the money we have in the bank and the money coming in and how fast construction expenses are increasing.”
He said officials learned from engineers they are seeing double-digit increases in construction prices.
“It’s a hard needle to be able to thread where the town is,” Kurey said.
Among the upcoming infrastructure work is the Palmetto Road and Pinellas Road/Ponce De Leon Boulevard projects.
The $980,350 Palmetto Roadway Project includes Palmetto Road from Manatee Road to Ocala Road. The work is expected to begin in July of 2019 and be completed in the winter of 2020. Staff will hold a meeting to discuss the project with residents Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The $3.47 million Pinellas/Ponce Project runs from Ponce de Leon Boulevard at the roundabout west to Oleander Road and then north to Palmetto Road. The project is expected to start in July of 2019 and be completed in the summer of 2020. Staff will hold a meeting with residents on the project Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
In other town matters
• Police Chief Rick Doyle said his officers on July 1 will begin stopping motorists in violation of a new state law making texting while driving a primary offense
Warnings will be issued until Jan. 1 and citations from then on, Doyle said.